Experiential Learning

  • 9140 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING – ACADEMIC YEAR (Internships, Service Learning, Travel)
    Credit: ¼ or ½ unit
    Prerequisites: Depends upon the activity/class chosen; Chelsea Center application
    Open to grades: 9-12
    Experiential Learning opportunities involving internships, service learning and travel come up throughout the school year and are intended to provide a way for students to apply their formal education to a real life experience. These opportunities will be student driven – meaning students will have a choice in the learning that will take place.

    During the academic school year, if a student has an idea for an experiential learning opportunity (internship, service learning, or travel), he/she should contact the Experiential Learning Director to discuss the opportunity and receive approval. Opportunities must have a real world component as experiential learning focuses on working with community partners on real world projects, issues, and concerns. Examples of experiential learning internships and service learning could include collaborating with a local historic home to create a display for an upcoming exhibit; working with Washington University researchers in their science labs, planning and implementing a festival for a local charity; or brainstorming and implementing ways to combat climate change, water pollution, or cyber-bullying. A variety of travel opportunities are available each year through various departments. Approved travel with your family or another group may also be counted for experiential learning credit. Check the Chelsea Center website for opportunities or come discuss an idea that you have developed on your own.

    To be successful in experiential learning, students must be actively involved in all phases of the process; attend an orientation, be willing to reflect deeply on their learning; willing to learn and use critical thinking and real world problem solving skills to analyze experiences, and use the new ideas gained to take their knowledge to the next step. Graded assignments are required and will be given at orientation. A capstone project and a formal presentation of learning are the final requirements of any experiential learning activity. Students will have the opportunity to practice the 21st century skills needed to be successful in their future endeavors. These are not “sit and get” activities – the more effort students put into experiential learning opportunities through the required assignments, the more they will learn on many different levels and the better grade they will receive.

    9140 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING – SUMMER (Internships, Service Learning, Travel, Classes)
    Credit: ¼ or ½ unit
    Prerequisites: Depends upon the activity/class chosen
    Open to grades: 9-12
    A list of summer experiential learning opportunities will be made available by March 1st. Registration forms will be available at that point. All summer experiential learning opportunities require students to attend an orientation (two days if new to experiential learning; one day refresher for those who have already participated in a two day experiential learning orientation in a previous summer). After orientation, students will be assigned a faculty sponsor who will facilitate student progress on all required assignments and assign grades throughout the activity/class. Students are also required to attend a one hour workshop on “How to Deliver an Effective Presentation.” A capstone project and formal presentation are the final required assignments for any experiential learning opportunity. Students will choose a Presentation/Wrap up day when they register.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Incoming seniors must complete their required assignments and Presentation/Wrap up Day prior to August 1 in order for the grade to appear on their transcript for summer. If work is completed after August 1, the grade will be entered as an Incomplete. The student grade will be changed as soon as all required assignments are complete and will be entered on the student transcript by the end of the fall semester.

    The Chelsea Detrick Experiential Learning Center is here to help you find and explore your passions!
    If you do not see an opportunity that sparks your interest, please visit the Chelsea Center to discuss your passions and complete an interest form so we can find or develop an experience for you. Interest forms may be completed at any point during the school year.

    8600 SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
    Credit: ½ unit
    Open to Grades: 11 and 12
    Prerequisite: Approved application required prior to acceptance
    Can be taken for Social Studies or elective credit, depending on field of study chosen. Learn about topics of YOUR choice! Explore your passions! Self-directed learning will allow students to select, manage, and assess their own learning activities. To be successful in this class, students must take initiative and responsibility for their learning. Self-motivation is critical as students independently set goals and determine what is worthwhile to learn. The teacher provides mentoring and advising, while peers in the class provide feedback and collaboration opportunities. Learners will choose several topics to learn about each semester and will be required to spark excitement about their learning with others in the class. A group project designed to make a difference in the real world is also a part of this class.

    8945 REAL WORLD PROBLEM SOLVING
    Credit: ½ unit in fall semester only
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This collaborative experiential learning social studies class will study a different real world problem each year. For Fall 2019, we will be studying the contributing factors and ethical implications of Global Poverty. To do this we will use the United Nations Millennium Development Goals as a framework to explore the issues of hunger, universal education, gender equality, child and maternal health, sustainability, and development assistance. The class will culminate in a capstone project dealing with a solution to the problem that also will be presented via a short reflection film and a presentation to the public.


    9105 PERSONAL EMPLOYMENT
    Credit: .5 credit for minimum 5 hours of employment per week; up to 2.0 credits may be earned in one academic year
    Prerequisite: Approval of counselor and Personal Employment teacher
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This experiential learning class allows a student to pursue an interest in a variety of real world work experiences. Government, medicine, architecture, horticulture, psychology, education, public service, marketing, food service, and other approved jobs are options for this class where a student will extend his/her classroom learning. With transportation, nearly any interest can be pursued. Students receive elective credit and grades based on experiential learning orientation work, experiential learning assignments and reflections, hours on the job and the community sponsor's evaluations. A capstone project is required as is a formal presentation of student learning during the work experience throughout the semester. (Department specific credit may be earned in some areas subject to the approval of the department chairperson and a review of assignments by a department faculty member). Students will attend either a 1st or 7th hour Personal Employment - Experiential Learning class for approximately three weeks at the beginning of the semester and then will attend class approximately once every seven class days. These sessions are included to introduce students to experiential learning and its benefits now and in the future, to prepare students for the range of situations they may encounter in the work world, and to raise the students' level of awareness of themselves as individuals and as employees. Students will also become aware of the responsibilities they will face in the community and in the future. The seven essential future-ready skills will be taught and students will practice these skills during their employment. No more than two .5 Personal Employment credits can be earned in one year.

    OTHER EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CLASSES
    The following classes have been designated as Experiential Learning classes as the teachers of these classes have been trained in Experiential Learning through the WGHS Experiential Learning Teacher Academy. Portions of these classes are devoted to experiential learning activities/projects/units. These classes will have the Experiential Learning designation noted on student transcripts.

    ART
    Ceramics
    Digital Art
    Mixed Media and Portfolio Development

    BUSINESS
    Digital Art
    Game Design
    Marketing w/Personal Finance
    Marketing II
    Child Development
    Advanced Child Development II and III

    INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
    Architectural Drawing and Computer Aided Drafting I
    Architectural Drawing and Computer Aided Drafting II
    Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Drafting I
    Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Drafting II
    Power Technology
    Woods and Construction

    MUSIC
    Piano I
    Piano II
    AP Music Theory

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    Athletic Training
    Adv. Athletic Training
    Athletic Training Internship

    SOCIAL STUDIES
    Real World Problem Solving

    SCIENCE
    Forensic Science
    Advanced Forensic Science
    AP Environmental Science
    Introduction to Oceanography

    SPECIAL PROGRAMS
    Makerspace I
    Makerspace II
    Math Intern