As 33 John Yehall Chin Elementary School fourth graders departed TISC after their SSLearn Day, I asked for six words describing their feelings. I was blown away when one student excitedly exclaimed “I’m crabby, day had to end”!
Thanks to the San Francisco America’s Cup Organizing Committee and Mayor Lee’s ONESF:Celebrate the Cup program, every fourth grader in San Francisco will be able to spend a day on the bay learning about the ecology of the bay and Dungeness crabs, or San Francisco maritime history, or renewable energy. And go for a sail at Treasure Island Sailing Center on Clipper Cove!
What makes this experiential learning program unique is the curriculum and how it’s delivered. Each day is split into parts: outside activities sharing ideas, inside hands-on time discussing and learning about bay creatures and history, and time in a sailboat driving, touching the water, grabbing seaweed, and experiencing the effects of wind, tide, currents.
Five minutes after the busload of JYC students from Ms. Thormahlen’s Room 306 class pulled into our parking lot last Wednesday at 10am they were running through exercises with our team, breaking into groups of six and getting right down to “work”.
Physical fitness was combined with an overview of TISC early in the day and content-related games as the day progressed. Busy kids are happy kids !
Inside our activity center the 4th graders shared ideas and learned through interaction with our instructor- who guided but did not lecture- and with each other. The Field Journal we provided in advance was their textbook for the day.
It’s no secret the time on the water in sailboats driving, touching the water, discovering seaweed and experiencing the tide, current and wind was the day’s favorite activity. And if a few of these kids show up next summer to take lessons at TISC even better !
The pictures above are a few from the many “rolls” taken during the JYC field trip. If you’re a parent and would like to see more of the pictures, ask Ms. Thormahlen for a link to the picture folder. Or contact me directly if you have questions or would like to see additional photos.
Here are two more six-word quotes from Wednesday’s day on Clipper Cove: “So awesome I can’t explain it”; “Best field trip of my life”. To those quotes I would add “Many thanks to Americas Cup organizers”.
Regards from On Clipper Cove, Dave G
In the wake – Here are more pictures from JYC Elementary School’s SSLearn day-on-the-bay last Wednesday: