Students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade at North Woods International School in La Crosse worked on art projects related to different countries and cultures, explored different continents' animals in computer class, and some even took virtual tours of different countries.
Once a month, the school has an early release day. Instead of normal curriculum, teachers collaborate and prepare a special day that focuses on project based learning, where students explore topics that they have been learning more in depth.
Fifth grade teacher Julie Welch says that this is a day that the students always look forward to. "It just encourages them to be excited about learning, it makes them enthusiastic. It goes a deeper level because we spiral through: we might learn something in September then we revisit it in October."
Principal Sandy Brauer adds, "It takes a lot of collaboration, a lot of research on the teachers' parts, a lot of hard work, and frankly it takes teachers who have a passion for this topic."
A passion for being a global citizen is one of the core values in the North Woods International School's curriculum.