Heart, Mind, and Motivation: Teaching Pioneers + Voyagers at EXPLO

November 1, 2017

In the moment that it happens, it’s as if the world stands still, but for the child alight in front of you. The variable that brought that particular child to that particular moment of discovery could be one of many: the precise combination of computer code that brought a Lego robot to life; a chemical reaction that produced an explosion; a camera angle that framed the world just so. The constant in that transcendent moment is the physical act of discovery played out on the child’s face.

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Where Learning Mirrors Life: Teaching + Learning at EXPLO

November 1, 2017

At EXPLO, we believe learning mirrors life — full of questions, tensions, and worthwhile digressions in an ever-changing world. We know that whimsy and wonder have a place alongside pragmatic investigation. We celebrate discovery through doing, and empathy through authentic connection. We know immersing ourselves in the earnest exploration of the world of people and ideas reveals the joy of learning and with it the joy of living.

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Creating a Place for ‘Twelves’ to Thrive: Seventh Graders at EXPLO

October 30, 2017

Students hang out during  a sevent-grade only event, "7th-Hour".

In his acclaimed book, Yardsticks, lifelong educator Chip Wood writes with candor and insight about the developmental markers that shape each year of a child’s life. He outlines the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical needs of each age group and suggests various teaching strategies to best work with each group of students. 

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EXPLO at Wheaton: Charles Frost On 'Going Beyond The Fence'

October 27, 2017

During the summer, Charles Frost is a Residence Director in the Dean's Office at EXPLO at Wheaton. During the regular academic year, Charles works in public relations for Debate Mate Jamaica, a program that utilizes civil discourse to develop communication and interpersonal skills.

Here, we talk to him about his experience at EXPLO and the 'going beyond the fence' opportunities that attracted him to the organization.

Our interview with Charles has been condensed and lightly edited.

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EXPLO at Wheaton: Lan Crofton on Assessing Authentic Learning

October 26, 2017

Lan Crofton, once on a pre-med track to becoming a doctor, decided it was time he committed to what he truly loved and took a 180 degree turn — he became a teacher. Having instructed classes ranging from Magic for Muggles to Finding Patient Zero, Lan discusses how we assess project-based learning in classrooms in and outside of EXPLO.

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Let’s Get Moving: Sneaker Activities Keep Kids Active at Their Own Pace

October 25, 2017


When asked to describe EXPLO to newcomers, we often find ourselves saying something along the lines of, “we’re not quite summer camp and we’re not quite summer school — we’re something in between, where you experience all of the things you love about summer camp and so much more.”

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Music as a Tool to Inspire Fun and Learning: An Interview with the EXPLO Kapellmeister

October 25, 2017

Whether it’s the familiar sounds of the Numa wafting out over the quad, a carefully curated folk playlist during meals, or the sweet sounds of tenor sax performing “Jazz Waters” on stage as students settle down for assembly, music shapes the EXPLO at Wheaton atmosphere to inspire fun and encourage curiosity. It sets the tone for different spaces on campus, it encourages spontaneous dance parties in the dining hall, it exposes kids to new instruments, and it fosters a spirit of community.

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EXPLO at Wheaton: One Thing Green On Your Plate (Jell-O Doesn’t Count)

October 25, 2017

At EXPLO, we believe in putting good things into your body. That means filling student hearts and brains with creative ideas and curiosity as they look at the world, but it also means that we feel strongly about the nutritional things our kids put in their bodies — the fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, and proteins that fuel them to do all of the other things they do at EXPLO (running, playing, painting, reading, Numa-ing).

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EXPLO at Wheaton: Chase Williams on Facing Our Inner Apprehensions

October 25, 2017

As a philosophy major, volunteer EMT, award-winning debater, and step dance team member, Chase Williams knows that curiosities are worth pursuing. Besides being an instructor at EXPLO, Chase is commited to creating spaces outside of class where apprehension can exist in a safe and supportive environment — so that fears and anxieties may be faced with daring and courage.

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Game Changers: EXPLO Faculty and Staff Set the Gold Standard in Summer and Beyond

November 29, 2016

At EXPLO, we often talk about our unparalleled faculty — that our staff sets the Gold Standard for summer programs. That we hire emerging leaders with incredible potential, many of them college and graduate students, who are the perfect role models to inspire and energize EXPLO students.  

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