TELL ME A STORY - The use of artifacts from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum collection for expanded learning plans

Course Number: EDU 5515 C01
Instructor: Dr. Harry Yeo Chaucer (Castleton Professor) with Mr. Matthew Witten (Maritime Institute Public School Liaison)
Location: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, VT 05491
Dates and Times: Class will meet on five Saturdays at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes - September 16, 23 & October 7, 10 am - 3 pm, dress for being outside or on the water, and November 4 & 11, 9 am - 4 pm project presentations.
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $1,675

Note: Please register directly with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM). Please notify the Museum of you wish to take the course for Castleton credit. LCMM will then give you the link to Castleton's online registration form. The full tuition should be made payable to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

Course Description

When we strive to understand human civilization and the natural world around us, we often have only relics - artifacts - to begin our inquiry. It is here that the work of biologists, archeologists, historians, and anthropologists begins. Artifacts and Institutes will teach methods that area teachers can use in the Lake Champlain maritime environment as they systematically investigate artifacts drawing inferences from their work. Teachers will come away with a deep knowledge of how to use expanded learning providers such as the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum more effectively with their classes to support personalized learning and deep thinking.

This course centers on teachers gaining experience using Expanded Learning Providers (ELPs) such as the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and Research Institute (LCMM) to make learning more personal and experiential for their students. Each teacher will have access to the entire Maritime collection (on display and in storage) as well as to the experts biologists, archeologists, boat builders, Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV) operators, and maritime faculty. Weather permitting; we will have a chance to operate an ROV to examine a wreck from the deck of an LCMM vessel.

Each teacher will develop two culminating projects. The first is called “Modeling Personalized Learning”. This will be a project that focuses on an artifact or other primary source that has historical or other explanatory power. Projects will focus on marine questions as well as proficiencies related to personalization, reasoning, problem solving, and communication. These projects will result in curriculum (lesson and/or unit plans) that the teacher can use in their own classroom. More importantly, the teacher will have carried out a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) in an Expanded Learning Environment (ELP) thereby modeling what ACT 77 (Flexible Pathways Initiative) encourages students to do.

The second project it titled “Actualizing Personalized Learning using Expanded Learning Providers”. This project will be focused on how each teacher will use Expanded Learning Providers like the LCMM to expand personalized learning options for students in their school to help their school actualize the intent of ACT 77.

The first three sessions will begin with a tour of the entire museum collection; and its boats, blacksmith and boat-building shops, waterfront, and experts. Each expert will suggestion a number of artifacts that might be worthy of investigation. During one of the first three sessions, we expect to be on the water exploring a wreck from the deck of a LCMM vessel with a Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV). We will then work with several ideas such as inductive thinking, brain-based learning, progressive education, and project-based learning. We will explore literature on human motivation. Having set the table, we will dine on the museum collection and create curriculum from the collection. The last two sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss curriculum projects and plans to incorporate the concepts learned into Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs) using Expanded Learning Providers with secondary school students.

Course Objectives

Please contact Dr. Chaucer or Matthew Witten for a complete syllabus or more information.

Course Expectations

Note that this is a hybridized, project-driven course with a blend of conventional classroom hours, wiki submission and discussion, and project expectations beyond usual out-of-class work.

Other Information

Each student will have unlimited entry to the Museum/Institute during regular business hours throughout the fall semester. In addition, each participant will be given a family pass for one family visit during the 2017-2018 year. Passes include a 20% discount at the Red Barn Restaurant at Basin Harbor.

For additional course information

Dr. Harry Yeo Chaucer
(802) 345-3727

Matthew Witten
(802) 475-2022

For additional registration information

Matthew Witten
(802) 475-2022

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