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Celebrating International Museum Day at Templeton Academy

[fa icon="calendar"] 5/17/19 8:17 AM / by Lisa Reed Preston and Lemuel Holified

Lisa Reed Preston and Lemuel Holified

girl-looking-in-museumDid you know May 18 is International Museum Day? As educators at Templeton Academy, we feel lucky to live and work in a community ripe with historical and cultural attractions that capture the hearts of visitors from around the world.

Why Nashville is perfect for experiential learning!

For our Blyth Templeton Academy students, Nashville provides an iconic mix of tradition and innovation, in a city that is an international leader in music, healthcare, hospitality, and technology. Next year, we look forward to exploring Nashville with our students as we make our hometown our classroom and discover the places and people we are known for, from the Country Music Hall of Fame to the Grand Ole Opry. Our students will get hands-on experience at engaging locations from Belle Meade to the Frist Museum, and the Parthenon to Ryman Auditorium.

Templeton Academy’s mission is to transform the lives of our students by providing highly individualized, dynamic and experiential education in small classes that reflect our students’ values. Nashville is a prime place to implement an experiential education model. Take a look at some of the ways we’ll connect our students to the Nashville experience next year.

Attention Middle School Students: Insights from our Middle School Teacher, Lisa Reed Preston

Nashville is a city of diverse people and cultures. Our museums and historical sites provide a rich opportunity to make connections with our community and its history as well as its future. A visit to the historic Vanderbilt University campus provides the opportunity to discuss our city’s deep academic roots, while a visit to Vanderbilt’s Design Studio and Dyer Observatory exposes students to high-tech career possibilities and gives them hands-on experiences that cannot be recreated in the classroom.

Life experiences are so valuable in making long-lasting connections. I am looking forward to developing those connections when we visit the Frist Art Museum and discuss forms of matter while viewing the work of Diana Al-Hadid. We’ll also travel to the Ryman Auditorium to learn about sound waves and the history of broadcast technology. Lane Motor Museum could become our classroom as we learn about force and motion while evaluating the benefits and detriments of varying designs. The Adventure Science Center could provide an excellent opportunity to discuss human impact on local ecosystems, using its virtual reality exhibit.

Our High School Teacher, Lemuel Holifield, Shares Some Helpful Info for High School Students

The Frist Art Museum affords students a unique opportunity for learning and exploration. Once you cross the threshold of the main gallery visitors experience the collections of Van Gogh, Monet and Degas. Students can also experience the 2018 Youth Reflections of Mental Health and Violence exhibit, highlighting mental and domestic violence survivors finding their voice through art.

Another local excursion could have students using cross curriculum concepts when viewing the Parthenon. We will discuss the original Parthenon, it’s significance to the Romans and how those concepts apply today. A subsequent visit to Centennial Park and tour of Nashville’s replica version will allow us to explore the similarities and differences in each structure and relate that to their current significance. Students can compare the dimensions of the original to our replica, providing hands-on experience in math, history, art, and architecture studies.

These are just a small sample of what Nashville has to offer our students. Templeton’s location in downtown Nashville gives us so many opportunities to engage with our city and become active participants in our community. Together, our goal is to allow students to find their passion through exploration and experience. Attending Templeton Academy in Nashville affords our students the ideal environment for this type of growth and learning.

Interested in learning more about how we use our community to teach our students? Check out our digital resource, Beyond the Desk: Why Experiential Learning is Crucial at the Middle and High School Level.

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Topics: experiential learning, lifelong learning, Nashville

Lisa Reed Preston and Lemuel Holified

About Lisa Reed Preston and Lemuel Holified

Two-time Teacher of the Year, Lisa Preston has a passion for individualized, hands-on, real-world learning. For nearly a decade, she has been working in urban public schools promoting inquiry and problem solving in middle school Math and Science classes. Lemuel Holifield was previously a Science teacher at Smyrna High School as well as the Head Track and Field and Head Cross Country Coach. Lemuel has over eight years of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring.

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