Learning from the Lake

Course Name:

Learning from the Lake: Using Primary Sources at LCMM to Teach Key Proficiencies.


Dr. Harry Yeo Chaucer, Castleton University professor

Course Contact: Matthew Witten - 802-475-2022 x106


LCMM campus, Lake Champlain and Dead Creek


June 25-29, 2018


3 Credits through Castleton University (optional)


$950 ($1400 with 3 credits)

Maximum Enrollment:


Course Description

View a live-stream tour of a shipwreck through the camera lens of an underwater robot. Explore every nook and cranny of a creaky, tarry replica of a Revolutionary War gunboat. 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.

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.

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-base 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.

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Coming in 2019: Symposium on Samuel de Champlain, in anticipation of a 2020 excursion entitled Roots of Champlain—a professional development course including sites in France, Quebec and the Lake Champlain Valley.

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