Traveling Towards Happiness with Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

December 18, 2017

World’s leading researcher on positive psychology and pioneer of flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , Ph.D., joins ranks of EXPLO Advisors.

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A Life of Daring and Courage Starts at EXPLO

November 7, 2017

“At home, I really am the epitome of a shy kid. But here, I have a completely outgoing alter-ego,” says Henry, a high school senior from Maryland. “One of my true passions is dancing. At my school, we have a weekly community meeting that has a talent portion to it. Plenty of people sign up, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to do it. I’m way too scared. But here at EXPLO, I sign up for the talent show every single year, without fail.”

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It’s Important to Dance the Numa (Hey! Hey!)

November 1, 2017

When it begins, all you hear is the call that pierces the still summer air: “MA-IA-HII, MA-IA-HUU.”

For ears new to EXPLO, it sounds bizarre and unusual. Even so, you can’t help but heed the call — it’s sheer curiosity. As the music continues more familiar sounds spring forth — hands clapping in time, delighted shrieks, and a swell of voices accompanying the cacophony of sound.

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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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