Kent School serves children in Preschool through Grade 8 on our scenic campus on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD. All teaching is guided by research informed mind, brain and education science.
Kent School is a Maryland Green School designated by The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). Maryland Green Schools are part of a national and international community of sustainable green schools. Our students are becoming better stewards of our Earth’s resources and developing a deeper understanding of their own local environment.
For more than two decades, Chesapeake Bay Studies has been a signature program at Kent School. Led by long-time Lower School Science Teacher Pam Deringer, the nationally recognized Bay Studies curriculum is a highlight of fourth grade science and includes several hands-on field learning experiences for the students.
From the get go students were hooked! In fact, before we even started our fall Explorations unit they were asking if “Fondant Fun” would be offered in the spring or if they would be able to sign up for the class a second time around. This is great, I thought. On the other hand, some adults were skeptically asking, “Are you really teaching cake decorating?” Hummm, maybe not so great. Nah, it was going to be great!
In fact, I was secretly rubbing my hands together and cackling a hardy “MWAHAHAHA!” My secret plan had been set into motion. I was going to get the kids to use 21st Century Research skills, that are MBE based, all under the guise of cake decorating. Yes, it is true, all of Pearson’s Skills for the 21st Century would be utilized: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, metacognition, motivation and performance-based assessment (Pearson’s Assessment, “Assessing 21st Century Skills: Integrating Research Findings”). Best of all, it was going to be fun (and delicious)!