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Pocatello Community Charter School Students Experience Expeditionary Learning

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    Alexis Margolin

If people learn best by doing, the students at Pocatello Community Charter School are on their way to becoming little Einsteins. 

The school, whose motto "we are crew, not passengers" means teachers are called "crew leaders," is committed to taking kids out of the classroom and into situations where they will learn by doing. The faculty has embraced expeditionary learning - with emphasis on the role of "expedition" - and it isn't just a new instructional strategy. According to first and second-grade crew leader Whitney Griggs, it's a nationawide model of school reform emphasizing the breadth of knowledge that comes from studying a topic in-depth.

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