Creative City is a one-of-a-kind free public charter school in Baltimore. We teach our K-5 students by blending adventure and discovery through hands-on learning rooted in our community. Using this method, our teachers weave traditional subjects like math and reading into projects that explore our local neighborhoods, history and people. We call this Place-Based Learning. This blog will explore three phenomenal benefits of our approach and why you should consider Creative City for your K-5 needs.
Teachers who know our community: Creative City teachers deepen their connection with our neighborhood (Park Heights), of Baltimore City, and our region when they plan and teach place-based lessons. Understanding our community means a stronger connection with students. Teachers can then use place-based learning to help students develop crucial life skills such as creative problem solving, critical thinking, and understanding the world. Our teachers support the whole child and build creative citizens who strive to make a difference in their communities.
Students start as experts: A place-based approach means that students enter the lesson as experts. Even our youngest students can share with confidence about their families, the neighborhood, the school, and other familiar surroundings and experiences. Starting with confidence allows students to be more open to new skills that may be challenging, such as learning to read and write in Kindergarten or tackling more complex science concepts in 4th and 5th grade. Place-based education creates an openness to learning new things.
Expanded learning opportunities: Through place-based learning, our teachers expand lessons to include more interdisciplinary activities such as public speaking, group discussions, and field trips that allow students to develop critical social skills and emotional intelligence. Authentic, real-world connections to learning deepen student engagement and create opportunities for students to be active citizens in their community at any age.
Creative City is a tuition-free K-5 public school with small classes and an engaging curriculum. Families love our approach because it is so stimulating and impactful. We would love to chat with you to see if our school is an excellent fit for your family. Visit us on Facebook! Schedule a tour! Or, contact us today!
About Creative City Public Charter School
Creative City Public Charter School is a dynamic K-5 elementary school with caring educators. We engage our students in a placed-based learning environment using the city of Baltimore as a cultural and civic foundation. Our approach is creative yet challenging; and our tuition-free public school encourages out-of-the-box thinking alongside the pursuit of each student’s personal, highest academic potential. Enroll your child today!
12/16/2022 04:11:17 pm
I see tremendous value for young learners in your Place-Based Learning approach. I'm sharing this article with staff at my school to generate a conversation around this. Greatly appreciate what you do.
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