Collaborating Across Communities

At most schools, learning hits the brakes on the weekends. Not the case at the Arthur Morgan School. This past Saturday students from Appalachian State University (ASU) visited the AMS campus to learn what our education looks like. Alongside AMS students, staff, and former staff, the ASU students experienced a “typical” day here. Starting with morning sing, then work projects, lunch, chores, and discussion, both the AMS community and ASU students learned from one another. Organized through former AMS staff and current ASU faculty, Jeff Goodman and current ASU faculty, Dr. Greg McClure, the day was a smashing success.

“Learning Real-Life Skills”

We started off with an epic morning sing session. Songs included, but were not limited to some AMS classics: “Build Me Up Buttercup,” and “Sixteen Tons” most certainly made appearances. Then, the whole hodgepodge crew set out for work projects. Despite drizzling rain, we chopped wood, cleared the cove road, and cooked lunch. These are all normal school-day experiences for AMS but that doesn’t mean that they’re typical for everyone. A current eighth-grader shared “It’s cool to be able to teach anyone anything. But it’s especially cool to teach a peer or adult when you’re still just a kid. Showing the ASU students how to chop wood and do work projects with us, made me realize that I’m learning real-life skills.

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Talk about hands-on learning! AMS students teaching ASU visitors how to chop wood on a dreary Saturday.
Published: Jan 7, 2019 10:26am