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City as a Classroom

[fa icon="calendar"] 6/27/19 10:02 AM / by Templeton Academy

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With a motto that includes“using the city as a classroom,” we are committed to giving our staff the tools they need to lead our students in a truly experiential learning model next year. One way we’ve done this is by challenging the traditional model of professional development that says to “sit in the seat and listen to the leader.” Instead, we are learning experientially as we prepare for the new school year.

On our very first day of staff development, we will walk together as a staff for the first time, traveling from the Litterer Lab to Nashville’s Adventure Science Center. At the Adventure Science Center, our staff will be challenged with a scavenger hunt to help them learn more about this fantastic resource, while building camaraderie with their new team members. Did you know? The Adventure Science Center is expanding its makerspace to three times the size this year!

On our second day, our teachers will have an amazing opportunity to learn more about the Black History of Nashville from United Streets Tour founder Chakita Patterson. We will visit local sites steeped in U.S. and Tennessee history and learn more about the people who shaped our state, our city and our country.

Using Nashville as a Classroom

We cannot wait for our students to use the City as a Classroom next year as well. Templeton Academy’s experiential, project based learning will be a shift in traditional educational thinking, challenging our students as they  get out from behind the four walls of our downtown school and grow and learn together throughout the dynamic Nashville community. From culture, music and history to dynamic innovation, entrepreneurship and leading healthcare and tech communities - Nashville provides the perfect mix of old and new to transport our students on an educational adventure that helps shape them into the future leaders our city needs.

When we take down the traditional four walls of our schools and engage in the real world, lessons come alive. We look forward to sharing what that looks like this fall as we take the lessons we learn together to truly embrace our mission to use the city as a classroom.

If you're interested in learning about how Templeton Academy uses Nashville as a resource to teach students, you should check out our digital guide for parents and students — 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

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About Templeton Academy

Templeton Academy is an experiential micro school with locations on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and in Nashville, TN. It offers an academically rigorous curriculum designed to foster intellectual curiosity through active learning and community exploration. The small class sizes ensure that each student has a front row seat in classes with an average size of 10. Our model combines a warm, inviting atmosphere with great teaching that allows our students to flourish. Schedule a visit soon.

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