Students in Grade 11 biology headed to the Royal Ontario Museum for a very interesting experiential learning trip. Expanding on their current unit of study, students focused on the diversity of living organisms and biodiversity through interactive activities and workshops.
Grade 8 MacLachlan College student Jennifer shares her thoughts on the recent ESL experiential learning trip to the Loft Cooking School, “The students made pasta, tomato sauce and garlic bread from scratch. Cooking together encouraged students to collaborate and communicate with each other in English and allowed them to improve their teamwork skills. The ESL students also made and decorated delicious cupcakes by using their creativity and concentration. They ate their excellent products and gave positive feedback. The cooking trip was lots of fun and students developed a deeper understanding of their current unit of study – Healthy Eating and Lifestyle.”
In last month’s post I mentioned how our MacLachlan team has embraced Stanford University’s Design Thinking program. This month I am going to share a little more about how design thinking informs our approach to learning at MacLachlan.
Pioneered at Stanford University, Design Thinking (DT) is a methodology for innovation that promotes the development of non-linear, creative, real world problem solving. DT is a human-centered approach to future ready competencies and learning skills.
We make it our mission to prepare MAC students for what goes on in the real world and what happens in that world is very seldom clean and linear.
MacLachlan students had a lovely day at Heart Lake Conservation Area for the cross country tournament. The students displayed excellent sportsmanship and did a wonderful job cheering on their team members. We had many students place in the top ten and a special congratulations go to Adrianna for coming in first for U11 girls!