Field Experience

Boot Camp @ The Japanese Cultural Center

The Seniors in the Endurance class have been pursuing the guiding question, how much are you willing to endure to change the world?. In the first unit of this Humanities course, students are investigating endurance as demonstrated by well-known visionaries. Through this investigation, students will find inspiration to set goals and identify a mission for their own path. Furthermore, the students are asked to assess qualities that they possess that may help them achieve their mission. As a part of this self-assessment, the students must endure both physical and mental challenges. For this Field Experience, the Seniors visited the Japanese Cultural Center where Sensei Lavin put their mental and physical endurance to the test.

 

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience is for students to undergo “boot camp” that tested their endurance.

How?

Under the guidance of Sensei Lavin, the students participated in a series of exercises that pushed them to overcome mental blocks in order to defeat physical ones.

Field Experience

Farm to Table @ Big Delicious Planet

The Freshmen in the Food class have been pursuing the guiding question, what is the ecology of planting?. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students are exploring what soil is made of and how seasons affect our food through the web of life. Students have assumed the role of farmers and are collecting data to design a plentiful garden. As a part of this investigation, the students visited Big Delicious Planet, a Green Restaurant Certified catering company to learn about sustainability and urban agriculture. Upon entering their canteen, the students were overwhelmed by the delicious smells but they would be much more impressed by the farm and kitchen.

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience is to learn about the concepts of farm to table, urban agriculture, and responsible production and consumerism.

How?

The students received a tour of the space, from the canteen to the farm and got a glimpse into the work that goes into sustaining a Green Restaurant certification.

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What Happens in Vegas…

We wrapped up Elective term with a trip to Las Vegas! Well, actually, Vegas came to us. The members of the GCE Student Council planned a Vegas-themed community day complete with their version of the Little White Wedding Chapel, an Elvis impersonator, casino games, and tons of ways to spend and lose “money”. It was an afternoon full of love, laughter, and good, old-fashioned competition.

Field Experience

Music as Language @ Electrical Audio

In the Mixtapes elective course, students have been investigating the guiding question, how will you make meaning from music?. In pursuit of an answer, students have been learning about the ways music circulates through communities and across time periods in search of listeners. Students have been learning how to identify key characteristics that make up the songs they love and hate. As a part of their investigation, they visited Electrical Audio, a recording studio owned by famed musician and producer, Steve Albini. It was such a treat to learn from an expert who has done such iconic work in the industry and to see him at work in the studio.

Why?

The purpose of this FE is to think about music as a tool to build community and the long-lasting cultural impact of certain songs, musicians, or types of music.

How?

Our goal is to see how a producer who has worked in the industry for many years view the evolution of “pop music”. Students engaged in conversation with Steve Albini to learn about the process of helping musicians bring their vision to life.

Field Experience

Rethinking Success @ The Chicago Lighthouse

In the M.A.G.I.C. (Mentoring Achievement of Goals and Inspiring Champions) elective course, students have been investigating the question, who are your guiding lights and how do they help you achieve your dreams?. In pursuit of an answer, students have been studying and analyzing the people that inspire and motivate them. They are taking a close look at the paths they took to reach their success. Through this investigation, students will identify how they can find their own path to success.

As a part of their investigation, they visited The Chicago Lighthouse, a world-renowned social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities with comprehensive vision care and support services. Students met and learned from people in the community who have had to overcome a range of obstacles in order to achieve the success that they have. Students were asked to think about success from a different perspective.

Why?

The purpose of this FE is to think about the ideas of success and value, as well as the obstacles people have to overcome. We will be reflecting and discovering how one organization can inspire hope and improve countless lives.

How?

Our goal is to see what kinds of options are out there for people who are blind or visually impaired – from technological advancements to communities and support services, ultimately connecting this back to our own lives and future goals.

Field Experience

Chicago Idols @ Chicago History Museum

In the M.A.G.I.C. (Mentoring Achievement of Goals and Inspiring Champions) elective course, students have been investigating the question, who are your guiding lights and how do they help you achieve your dreams?. In pursuit of an answer, students have been studying and analyzing the people that inspire and motivate them. They are taking a close look at the paths they took to reach their success. Through this investigation, students will identify how they can find their own path to success. As a part of their investigation, they visited the Chicago History Museum to take a look at Chicago history and the individuals who accomplished their goals despite various obstacles.

Why?

The purpose of this FE is to get a closer look at the history of Chicago and the US, and the individuals who accomplished their goals despite various obstacles.

How?

Students explored 3 exhibits, Facing Freedom in America, Vivian Maier’s Chicago, and Chicago Authored. Students took notes, captured photographs, wrote down quotes and conducted additional research on the various people (artists, politicians, scientists, etc.) we encountered on this FE. This included an investigation of their own paths to success.