The core of learning at Pathfinder K-8
Learning (EL) emphasizes learning by doing, with a particular focus on
character growth, teamwork, reflection and literacy. Teachers connect
high quality academic learning to adventure, service and character
development through a variety of student experiences including
interdisciplinary, project based learning expeditions.
In 1994 Pathfinder K-8 School embarked on an ambitious
project to become an EL school under the model of Expeditionary Learning
Outward Bound (ELOB); Pathfinder K-8 School adopted this model and
started the journey with the resources and support of ELOB. In 1998 we
moved to an adapted version of the EL model. Expeditionary Learning is
now done throughout the K-5 grade bands. Middle School has implemented a
modified version of expeditions that fits their 7-period schedule and
Critical components of Expeditionary Learning projects
include guiding questions, learning goals, an exciting kick-off activity
and culminating event, project and field work, interdisciplinary
activities, reflection, and assessment.
Learning Expeditions ask students to:
View issues and problems from a variety of perspectives.
Look for evidence and evaluate for bias.
Draw upon prior knowledge.
Examine, analyze, and investigate relationships between different ideas, people, events and concepts.
Connect what they're learning to the real world.
Grade band teams (K/1, 2/3, 4/5, 6-7-8) select the
expedition theme and integrate as much curriculum into the topic as
possible. Prior to an expedition kick-off, teacher teams may present
their expeditions for a peer critique and invite/encourage parent
involvement in the expeditions. Expeditions always start with a big idea
and are aligned with Washington State academic learning requirements.
Expeditions typically involve field work, projects, and
unique learning experiences. Prior year expeditions have
included: Puppetry Around the World, Struggle and Resistance, Canoes
Upon Our Waters, Trees & Wood, Where In The World..., Space, and
Habitats. Read more about Pathfinder K-8 Expeditions.
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