City as a Classroom: World Ocean School


World ocean school is a nonprofit that
owns and operates schooner Roseway the ship that we’re on and then that
organization partners with Boston Public Schools to bring this programming to students. We break the student groups up in
usually three or four groups. and rotate them through stations like navigation, which I think they’re doing back here and kind of tying it into what they see around them. We’re also doing a
harbor ecology lesson. Talking about pollution and runoff. It’s like when you’re in a classroom when you’re talking about this stuff you could just imagine it. But when you’re standing right in the middle of it, it’s like you really could feel like what happens around you. Allowing them to come on a
boat and be surrounded not just by the City But by people that are teaching
them things that they would never really learn otherwise. I learned that Plankton’s do like to eat each other. I learned that the there’s a port side of the boat and there’s a… I call it the starburst because it sounds like starburst but I think it’s starboard and it’s on the right side. We learned about all the oceans around us. We learned about pools. We learned about cleaning pools and oceans. The map. How pollution starts. And all the simple machines on the boat. The other piece of this programming that I think is really cool And it’s particular to Roseway is her history in the harbor. She is considered a National
Historic Landmark and she was the last sailing pilot vessel in the Boston Harbor. The Community Preservation Act was absolutely essential for us to have
the means to get that work done and Roseway’s in the best condition she’s
been in so it’s really cool for us as an organization to be able to not only
provide really cool educational experiences for students in Boston but also share a piece of Boston history with them. One of the most impactful things I
had from a student was on one of our evaluations And one of the students in his evaluation at the end wrote down On the Roseway, I’m not dumb. And to see that we’re having that kind of an impact that students that in a traditional classroom aren’t able to learn and absorb the information On board the ship where
they’re actually seeing and touching We’re doing math problems where they
pull on a line and something is really heavy and then we use multiplication
with a pulley system and suddenly they can lift something the weighs much more than they can. And so, they’re using math and experiencing it. It’s not just numbers on a sheet of paper They’re actually living their education.

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