The end of the year is full of the exciting learning that makes Cascades Academy so special. Traveling school explorations, Storyline culminations, and Outdoor School all offer fourth and fifth graders chances to learn on their own terms and share their learning in a creative and authentic manner. Independent Projects, similarly, give students the opportunity to learn autonomously about a topic of their choice.
These projects have students practice in planning and executing of a long term plan. They must examine their plan with a critical eye and determine how best to organize and present the information. Students often find their topics evolving over the course of the project. One of the most valuable part of the experience, from a teacher's perspective, is the discomfort that arises when students are "stuck". In overcoming the obstacles that typically arise while completing an open ended project, our fourth and fifth graders build grit that will carry over into middle, high school and the years beyond.
-Ms. Moisan, 4th/5th Grade Teacher