What a fascinating and fulfilling day I had at the Heritage School!
In my first school visit, I met with an amazing group of educators who will be instrumental in setting up a collaboration between our two schools. Our hope is to create a student created and moderated blog that exchanges local environmental solutions for our two communities. Experts from Indian and American NGOs will weigh in with their opinions on the proposals submitted by students.
I cannot say how impressed I was by this school. Every teacher was so helpful and thoughtful with me, and the children were deeply invested in their learning. The grounds buzzed with activity, and students demonstrated a huge degree of independence. This is something I’ve noticed across India. Young children travel and play without parental supervision much more so than in America.
The Heritage School is a K-12 school, and the middle school follows an Expeditionary Learning curriculum, just like CLA. I had an amazing time going through their curricula and learning new ideas to enhance our own expeditions next year. It was wild to see the same teaching practices and ideology implemented so similarly yet so far from home!
I had a tour of their gorgeous campus, much of which is outdoors. Their facilities were incredible, with various rooms for a wide array of arts like textiles, pottery, tabla music, dance, painting, etc. Student work abounded.
Their science facilities consisted of a terrarium and a gigantic green space for plant cultivation and experiments. Apparently, a snake had recently escaped. I asked if the snakes they house were poisonous, and one teacher replied, “Not most of them.” They all chuckled at my frightened reaction to the fact that a baby cobra was recently caught on the grounds. I like my Rikki-Tikki characters to remain on the page.
Their campus has done outstanding work to improve their carbon-footprint, and I’m hoping that our two schools can compare results of our energy outputs. I like the idea of an international energy competition!
I’m feeling very lucky to have made these connections, and I hope that our schools will continue have strong exchanges in the future.