Sitting inside a classroom on a hot sunny day can sometimes make you feel like you are missing out on something. So why not have class outside? Fiftieth of us were in our morning calculus class going over material from the previous homework set, when our tutor said, “let’s take class outside today”. What a wonderful idea! We sat in the sun, learning about rates of change, differentiation and integration while enjoying the beautiful day and the incredible view!
The block program can be stressful, which means it is important that you find time to relax and be in nature (or at least look at it). Quest is great at that! We, as students, are pushed academically, mentally and physically to do our best while staying healthy and happy. The weather these last few weeks have made our lives so much brighter, in both a literal sense and a figurative sense. The sun and warmth may seem concerning and unsettling for February, but for many of us on the block schedule, it is just what we need. There is nothing like spending your entire school day outside!
In The Spirit of Calculus, a concentration course taught by Richard Hoshino, we have been exploring the roots of calculus and how it is used in the world around us. A month of concentrated math may seem daunting to some people (including myself at first) but it has been an inspiring experience that has nurtured my love of math. The opportunity to explore a subject with students and teachers who are so passionate about it is an experience that will change how you think about that subject for the better. As the block is coming to an end, I can look back and reflect on how wonderful of an experience it has been.
The current spring-like weather is not only something that keeps us happy, healthy and motivated during class outside, it can also encourage us while we are doing our homework in the evening. We can take breaks and become breath taken by the view of the place we call home.