Field Experience

Our Memories, Our Truth @ St. Paul’s House

Freshmen in the Who Am I? class have been purusing the question, What do your truths and memories say about who you are?. In pursuit of an answer, students have been studying the philosophies of Plato, Socrates, Artistotle, and Jung. Through readings of these philosophers, the students have been exploring the ways in which our memories inform our identities. St. Paul’s House houses and serves seniors in need of assistance – which for many seniors means dealing with the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s, diseases that impact seniors’ ability to access their memories. Students will interact with these seniors, putting together a written reflection about the specific ways memory informs identity and sociality.

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience is to interact with and learn from the residents at St. Paul’s House.

How?

By the end of the Field Experience, students will articulate how an aspect of their belief is informed by memory – and how their beliefs might be different or change based on memory.

Field Experience

From the Classroom to the Darkroom @ Latin School

Juniors in the Light, Sound, and Time class made pinhole cameras to better understand how our eyes react to light. To test out their homemade cameras, students visited the darkroom at Latin School. Photography teacher, Betty Lark Ross has hosted us, now four years in a row and we are so fortunate to learn from her. Another successful year investigating light in the darkroom.

Why?

The purpose of this FE is to take what we learned about how cameras work, and to see it in action.

How?

We will be talking to an expert about how cameras work, and seeing a darkroom in person.

Photo Gallery

Light = Energy

Students in the Light, Sound, and Time class investigated the guiding question, why does light = energy? In pursuit of an answer, students collected different types of light bulbs and attempted to melt a piece of chocolate using those light bulbs. The students created a hypothesis and documented the procedure and conclusions in order to show the relationship between light and energy.

Photo Gallery

Hit the Ground Running

We’re back from Winter Break and we’re not wasting any time. We welcomed the students back with a day of learning and playing. Students dove into their courses in the morning. The hum of discussion and experimentation filled the school. The afternoon was spent building community through karaoke, dodgeball, knockout, and a couple brutal rounds of Mafia. There was great energy all around. We can already tell that it’s going to be a transformative term at GCE.