BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Charlotte Grunebaum, a Bedford Hills resident and student at Pomfret School, was recently part of an all-school academic experiment called Project: Pomfret.
From Dec. 2-17, in place of structured class time and homework, students were instead tackling one of twenty-seven innovative exercises in learning that saw plenty of overlap between academic disciplines.
The list of topics ranged from geocaching, engineering, environmental, theater and dance projects, to exploring the American legal system, the LGBT community and Hollywood's take on Word War II.
Finished products included illustrated children's books, a poignant and highly personal hip-hop playlist, and two par-3 miniature-golf putting greens, complete with water hazard. There was even a project for aspiring photojournalists who documented the efforts of everyone else.
Grunebaum was in the group of students and faculty who collaborated on a project entitled "Who Am I?" Culminating in a final presentation, the project challenged students to define the various components of their character, using psychological, developmental, and learning-style assessment tools.
Now in its second year, Project: Pomfret is an experimental retooling of the 121-year-old school's academic matrix, harvested two years ago from the self-examination that resulted in a new strategic plan. The experience is based on the principles of project-based learning (students engage to the fullest when they can experience and solve real-world problems).
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