We Want Chickens!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017Tuesday, November 21, 2017
11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Ex Ed Homeschool

Uptown Heating and Cooling Community Room

3554 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

No class on no class October 17, 2017

Description: A real-life problem about backyard chickens and local government.

Backyard chickens are all the rage these days as people return to raising their own food, gardening, and connecting to where their food comes from. Many communities allow chickens, but some still do not. The class will take on the problem of convincing a city to allow backyard chickens. Along the way, students will learn a lot about chickens, how local government is set up, and how to get your voice heard in your community.

Ex Ed Homeschool loves problem-based learning! It engages students on a deep level encouraging them to see problems and solutions from different angles so they can create a solution that encompasses the needs of everyone involved. Problem-based learning helps to develop critical thinking skills and cooperative engagement. On the first day, students are introduced to the problem— a local city currently bans backyard chickens, but many residents would like to see this changed. Then dive into research and learning mode using videos, talking with experts, reading, Socratic discussion, and asking lots of questions. One of the first things you'll learn, is you cannot solve a problem without fully understanding it. From there, expand your knowledge until you can succinctly state what you are trying to do and then you use your creative problem solving skills to solve it. Every single time, the solution is different because the kids come up with different answers, taking into account the different strengths of the students so that everyone can engage at the level and in the way that is most interesting to them because everyone has different strengths and interests that they bring to the problem solving table.

Target age range: for ages 8–12 years

Cost per child/student: $150

Registration: register online at exedhomeschool.weebly.com/minneapolis.html

 


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