The Adventure Model promotes learning experiences in which settings initiate certain
responses among students: careful observation, cooperation, clear thinking and planning, persistence, and resourcefulness and adaptability. Such responses are not demanded by the environment per se, but rather the manner, in which the model forces students to interact with the environment, whether physical or academic, to determine learning outcomes. This type of learning is authentic and promotes lifelong learning among students.
Welcome to Bringing Adventure to the Classroom: Sparking the mind Into Authentic Learning EDUO 9763
This course is an independent study class that is designed to help teachers learn about and apply the Adventure Model of teaching into their everyday classrooms, and will end with participants creating an exciting and effective Adventure Model unit for their classroom.
A common thought is that “adventures” are always physical and take place in strange locales. However, this course will show how adventures can be anywhere, including the classroom, and how it can apply to any grade level and classroom while being engaging and authentic for students. Examples will be given to help teachers create their own plans and models to fit their own academic setting.
1. After completing this course you will demonstrate or have the opportunity to:
- Reflect on the Adventure Model through various books and online sources
- Create guiding questions that foster inquiry and discussion for teaching units
- Understand and apply the Socratic seminar method to Adventure classroom instruction
- Understand and apply Habits of Mind that enhance the Adventure Model classroom
- Integrate Adventure Learning Model Methods into everyday classrooms
- Create an entire unit plan that incorporates all aspects of the Adventure Model, from the
immersion stage to culminating project
20 years in 9-12 education; College Level past 10 years.
Presented at Adventure Education conferences. Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach for past 15 years. Director of the Expedition Academy for past 20 years.
Education to me is constantly changing, but there is a heart and passion that needs to always be there, and not be lost with all of the technology.
My wife of 18 years is also a teacher, and we have three amazing sons. In my free time I am an avid Star Wars collector and outdoor enthusiast.