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Coming Out of Your Shell

Today on Hess Academy's playground, our 2/3 Class discovered a cicada coming out of its shell. Students watched fascinated as a bright green cicada emerged. Much like the cicada, students going back to school may experience drastic change. Students shed sleeping late for early morning carpools, or playing video games and attending camps for textbooks and homework. Just like the cicada students enter a new world of school.

When school incorporates hands-on learning, students discover education that flows from their interests. Discovering this cicada, during one of many outdoor times, was just one example of how individuals create knowledge by interacting with and observing the world, and then reflecting upon these experiences. When engaged in hands on learning, students move, explore, hypothesize, create, relate, interpret, and interact with teachers, each other, and the world around them.

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