Adults lead small groups of students from mixed grades in focused exploration on a topic of interest. Students and teachers, who might not get to work together during regular school, have long uninterrupted blocks of time over the course of four days to go into depth on the topic.
Experiential Days is scheduled for the four days before spring break.
Yes! Learning that you don’t always get your first choice, or the choice you were hoping to get to be with a close friend, is part of learning resiliency. Parents can help model healthy responses to disappointment and guide children to adopting a positive outlook.
What we have learned is that no matter which Experiential Days class a child is in, s/he somehow “loves” it by the end of the week—it’s the magic of this type of learning experience. In fact, whenever we interview Upper School students and alumni of Catlin Gabel, it is clear that their Experiential Days classes are something burned into their memories forever.
Safety is of paramount importance, and students are given explicit instruction in safe behaviors such as listening when in new places and staying close to the group. Our teaching staff establishes relationships quickly with children and are astute in making sure everyone is where they should be. Fortunately, this is a part of the culture of the school; our children have already practiced safe behaviors on their many field trips.
Every employee who works with students is trained in first aid and CPR. We are also trained to drive the mini-vans and other rental vehicles that we use for transportation during Experiential Days. The adults keep your child’s medical and emergency forms with them on all trips.