General Quest Curriculum

Questing provides students with an opportunity to investigate a place. Place provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and critical thinking. By following the inquiry process, they make observations, ask questions, gather information, construct new knowledge, share their work with authentic audiences, and reflect.

By seeking, finding, and touching they get to make physical connections that increase their motivation for and investment in the learning process. They attach meaning to experiences, and nest the experiences into a narrative or “story” that lives in their memories. Utilizing field work and technology to make maps, record images, learn from and digitize primary sources, students move from “studying about” something long ago to “participating in” something of relevance. Place-based approaches to teaching  are wonderful-and valuable. Service-Learning projects are valuable, too, especially when students take the time to share what students have learned with their peers, families and the broader community.

 

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2. Connecting to Place

3. Sorting Questions

Other Quest Curriculum

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— Lauren Griswold, Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant

Lauren Griswold joined Vital Communities in May 2017 to coordinate Power of Produce (POP) clubs at Upper Valley farmers' markets and farmstands. In August 2017 she became our Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, in addition to her role as the Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant. Lauren grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in English and Environmental Studies. Her passion for sustainable agriculture took her out West, where she served as a garden educator in Bend, Oregon. After an enriching chapter in the high desert, Lauren is thrilled to be back in central Vermont. She is passionate about the rich communities and natural beauty of the Upper Valley, and enjoys engaging the next generation with wonder and enthusiasm about this special place. In her free time, Lauren can be found mountain biking, cross country skiing, gardening, knitting, and savoring meals with friends and family.