Beyond the Classroom
An aspect of student centered learning is helping students create connections and continue learning in the world beyond the classroom. This year, two senior students were able to participate in unique opportunities to further their learning with real-world applications.
Rachel Smith participated in the Shakespeare Immersion Project hosted by the Wharton Center and led by professional actors from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival from Stratford, Ontario. In the weeklong, intensive program, Rachel studied Shakespeare and acting at the Wharton Center alongside students from a variety of schools in the area. The experience culminated in Rachel and the other students acting out Shakespearean soliloquies at a public performance. When asked what she thought of the experience, Rachel said, “[It] was such a lively little piece of life that I will treasure always, and I am so incredibly grateful I stepped far outside my comfort zone to do so.”
Gage Cutler is another senior student who is pursuing a passion and learning outside the classroom. This year, Gage has been attending the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, which is a nationwide program developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Gage attends YEA at the Michigan chamber of commerce. Students in the program work on developing their own businesses by developing a detailed business plan, designing a logo, forming a LLC and thinking of a name for their business.
Throughout the year they go on field trips to local businesses and meet CEOs and business leaders in the Lansing area. Later in the year, students will pitch to a panel of investors for investment capital of up to $5,000. The winner of this local competition goes on to compete in bigger and more competitive competitions through YEA, eventually at a national level.
At the end of the year, Gage, and other YEA students will display their businesses at a local trade show.
Gage explains his excitement for the program when he says, “I’m excited about YEA because of the opportunity to pitch my business to investors. It will be a great experience and will give me more confidence in my business. Also, I’m excited to meet local business owners in and around the Lansing area. I look forward to asking them questions and hearing of their success and failure, as well as what advice they have to offer me.” For more information about his business, visit www.CutlersCatch.com.
These specific examples, combined with the various trips, service projects, job-shadowing opportunities, and other unique learning opportunities, demonstrate Lansing Christian School’s commitment to deepening student learning in a relevant and engaging way.