Learning from the Lake

Instructor with students

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, and in an effort to keep our staff, students, and public safe, this course has been postponed to a later date. We will update this page when we have a new confirmed date.

Course Details

Course NameLearning From the Lake: Using Primary Sources to Teach Key Proficiencies
InstructorDr. Harry Yeo Chaucer, Castleton University professor
Course CoordinatorElizabeth Lee, elizabethl@lcmm.org, 802-475-2022 x102
LocationLake Champlain Maritime Museum
DatesPostponed – date to be announced later
Credit3 credits through Castleton University
Tuition$950 standard / $1400 with credit
Size15 students maximum

Course Description

View a live-stream tour of a shipwreck through the camera lens of an underwater robot. Develop lessons for a 35-foot map of the Lake Champlain watershed. Explore every nook and cranny of a creaky, tarry replica of a Revolutionary War gunboat or a steamboat wreck as weather allows. Paddle to the shores of an archaeological site that was frequented by indigenous people for thousands of years. Browse (very carefully!) through boxes of fascinating museum artifacts yet to be displayed. Closely examine many life forms in the lake, from microscopic plants to flopping fish and microplastics that effect lake quality.

This course immerses teachers in the experience of using Expanded Learning Providers (ELPs) such as the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to make learning more empirical, inductive and personal for their students. Students will learn from a number of specialists from the Maritime Museum.

Our sessions in the morning will immerse participants in sensory-rich experiences on or near the lake. During afternoon sessions, the group will work with ideas such as inductive thinking, brain-based learning, progressive education, and project-based learning. We will also explore literature on human motivation. After establishing this pedagogy, we will dive into the museum’s collection and create curricula based on artifacts, specimens, and experiences.

All of these concepts will then be incorporated into two culminating projects that participants will collaborate on and ultimately present.