At Peconic Community School, whether we’re out in the field researching with experts or in the classroom conferring with peers, the goal is the same: to engage insightfully in inquiry.
Inquiring means, of course, asking questions and analyzing problems (these are hallmarks of active learning). But at PCS, we also want students to care enough to seek answers to the questions they pose. We want our students to want to solve the problems they encounter.
Sometimes engaging means heading out to the field to track down an answer or see something firsthand, and sometimes it means slowing down where we are to take a closer look or turn to a friend.
But always it is this quality of caring – caring to seek, caring to reach, whether outward or inward -- that we hope to inspire in our students. For it is this caring that will in turn inspire children to change the world.
We cultivate this spirit of care at Peconic Community School with an educational approach centered around hands-on, authentic learning experiences within and about our local environment and community (what we refer to as place-based and project-based education).