Writer in Residence
What is an important part of a child’s education? Unique experiences. Just this past weekend, I was with my family at a beach. My son and daughter saw a live octopus, an opportunity that many people will not have in their lifetime. The wonder and amazement of seeing a wild octopus filled their minds and the “teaching” began. We observed it change color, saw a missing tentacle, and watched it bury itself under a rock. All leading to a discussion about camouflage, regeneration, and behavior.
In today’s world, learning does not have to take place in the classroom. There are many opportunities to take learning outside of the classroom. The potential to teach lessons outside of the classroom is unlimited. The authenticity and experiences given to students are far beyond what the traditional classroom can offer. Now, connect students to a professional in a specific field and the power of learning just increased exponentially.
Mr. Cameron Fox, Ms. Kathleen Abel, and Mr. Marlon Ng provided this unique opportunity to students by developing the Writer in Residence Program at AIS.
Why is it important to connect students to the world around them and with professionals?
What is the Writer in Residence program?
How did the Writer in Residence program benefit students?
Allen Lee is a Grade 3 teacher at American International School. Allen has been teaching primary school children for 13 years with the last six at AIS. A native from New York, he is an avid ice hockey fan, sports fisherman, and foodie. Allen has been writing articles for AIS the past 2 years. You can follow him on Twitter at @MrLee427 or subscribe to his podcast, AIS Voices, on Spotify and iTunes.
Kathleen Abel is a contributing author for this article. Kathy is an Arizona (USA) native who has been teaching high school English for sixteen years, with the last six at AIS. She loves reading and cats and reading to cats, and can pretty much always be found with a book in her hand (or on her phone in her hand). You can tweet your favorite books and stories to her at @kabel_ais.