Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is. ~William Glasser
…….and teaching teachers is even harder! This week Experiential Adventures LLC enjoyed two great days at the Riverstone International School. Riverstone is Idaho’s first International Baccalaureate authorized institution, and working there was a highlight of our summer.
One of the reasons Riverstone International School is an amazing school to work with is because of the teachers. They are a fantastic group of people dedicated to teaching through experiential education, community service and leadership. Riverstone has an extensive outdoor program that engages the students from elementary school to high school graduation.
After enjoying the summer and all that Idaho has to offer, 16 teachers came together for 2 days of simulations, discussions, and informal team building. Originally designed to enhance the safety of the outdoor program, the Wilderness First Aid Course also allowed new teachers to meet their peers in a fun and challenging environment.
Using a ground breaking online curriculum from the Wilderness Medicine Training Center, EA designed simulations focussed on critical emergency care and common ailments experienced by students. By minimizing traditional lecture thanks to the online preparation they had to do, each teacher participated in full simulations as both rescuers and patients.
It can be intimidating to teach teachers, as they can be rowdy bunch. However, this group of professionals is a prime example of why Riverstone’s educational programs succeed. Their combined passion, intellectual curiosity, and fun personalities made for a great couple of days. Here’s to another successful academic year!