by MARTINA DANCING
EDITORS NOTE: The Stone Wall Project at Guilford Central School in Vermont was part of a long term effort to create and demonstrate the effect and power of hands-on place basedservice-learning experiences — for both students and faculty.
School faculty began the project during the second of four local designed and run K-8 Institutes on Service-Learning. Students and community participants finished the wall as a community building effort when school resumed in the fall.
Martina Dancing and Joe Brooks, director of Guilford’s Institutes worked closely with local craftsman Smokey Fuller to find local stone donations and create a working space during the Institute for teachers to learn and participate in stone wall building.
While some teachers were a bit tentative about their own ability in the beginning, everyone quickly dove into the art of building this wall. The clearest evidence of that was how difficult it soon became to get teachers to come inside for their next workshop on curriculum design.
As teachers we may come to realize that our interests and values, our PASSIONS become a critical part of our ability to function as good teachers, parents and community members. My experience in planning and guiding a hands-on learning experience for classroom, specialist, and administrative educators, at The Guilford Summer Institute suggests how this fits for me. Continue reading