BFA Fairfax Students Explore Montreal!

Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environment.  FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step – Provide students w/ access to content, resources, and methods for learning beyond the school day and beyond the school walls.

Indicator – Staff, students and community embrace the digital, social, mobile and “always on” learning styles of 21st century students. Students are engaged in answering authentic questions and solving problems in collaborative settings.

On January 9th, three classes from BFA High School traveled to Montreal to explore the city, learn about a foreign culture, and to experience, as teacher Fred Griffin explains, how “Education doesn’t stop when you leave the school building – it is just beginning.” 

BFA Montreal A

The Montreal Adventure was structured around History and Fine Arts, but integrated into the multi-disciplinary trip are changing currency, conducting yourself in a country where not everyone speaks your language, navigating city streets from cultural landmark to cultural landmark with a map, using underground transportation – and yes walking!

BFA Montreal b

Some students learned about the Metro and then explored Montreal’s Underground City, the world’s largest underground habitation. 30% of all stores and 70% of all offices are underground. Others toured Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal – a magnificent modern cathedral in North Montreal. Finally a third group participated in a cross-city scavenger hunt before meeting up with the other two groups at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

BFA Montreal c

Ms. Poulin shared, “Our cultural focus in French 3 was Haiti. After having read a story that takes place on the island, interviewed a famous Haitian person (initiated by another student based on previous research) and spoken in French with Monsieur Alfred (a Haitian paraprofessional at the Middle School), we had the pleasure of discovering the flavors of Haiti! In Montreal, we had lunch at a Haitian restaurant and tasted griot, lamb, fried plantain and a Haitian soda. We had a great time!”

BFA Montreal d

All of these activities were documented digitally by students and transformed into presentations upon their return. Each of the five groups made a movie trailer of their experiences. Each student in the groups took a photo of something in the Museum of Fine Arts and wrote a paragraph as to why this particular piece attracted his or her interest.

BFA Montreal e

Click below to view the student’s trailer:

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