The Stamford Nature Center provided the backdrop for another example of 21st century learning. Most interestingly, this 21st century learning experience was one that dates back to before the founding of America.
In early March, our second graders had the chance to learn firsthand how sap from maple trees is turned into maple syrup and how American Indians developed the basics of the process we still use today. Connecting with both their study of Eastern Woodland Indians in social studies and their reading about trees in language arts, the field trip offered more than any lecture or YouTube video could teach—our students got to touch the trees, harvest the sap, and taste the results.
As you enjoy this short video, it becomes very clear how truly “sweet” learning can be (sorry, I couldn’t help myself).
Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School