A CORNERSTONE OF CAPITOL HILL DAY SCHOOL
Field Education has been a foundational teaching practice at Capitol Hill Day School since the School was established in 1968. Our Field Education Program is in a category by itself and reinvents the “field trip,” going beyond the traditional look-and-see approach, and engaging students deeply with the places they go and the people they meet there.
Why Field Education?
- Field Education offers students authentic experiences that help them to transfer knowledge gained in the classroom to contexts in the larger world.
- Research shows that our brains learn through experience. Therefore, when students have rich, complex learning experiences that stimulate their emotions, it helps them move knowledge into long term memory. It makes learning stick!
What does Field Education mean to us?
- Field Education experiences aren't a break from curriculum—they are an integral part of the curriculum. Each field experience is linked tightly to one or more of a student’s subjects, which makes learning more exciting, more meaningful, and more relevant to children’s lives.
- Field Education is a tool that is utilized throughout all aspects of our curriculum: academic, social-emotional, and through our social justice work.
- Field Education allows teachers to engage in and model lifelong learning alongside their students.
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Keep up with all of our Field Education adventures by following us on Instagram at @explorewithCHDS.
Field Education in Action!
Swipe through the following photos to see a sampling of some of the places we go and the people we meet there.