I was away from the class today for some offsite PD. It was so refreshing to be out in the community and to be bumping into individuals that I don’t normally get to interact with during the day. What made it even more special was that we were meeting out of a space that I used to work at! It was lovely to see old colleagues and to see how the space has changed since I last visited.

That got me thinking – how often do we bring our students outside of the four walls of the school? Whenever we move our learning to a new space, we experience our learning in a different way. What are we missing by keeping so much of our learning in the classroom?

There’s a wonderful opportunity in town for students called Beyond Classrooms. For a week, students get to move in to a community space and learn there. I’m hoping to be able to participate in the program with my students in the future. In the meantime, I’m pondering ideas to get my students out of the school building. I would love to hear what some of you have done!

Note: I am writing this post at a Starbucks not far from where we met today . It’s been so long since I’ve worked in a coffee shop and it feels good