In Their Own Words: Lessons Learned by 2014 Campers

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 4.56.03 PMWe’ll have more tutorial/training videos very soon. Meantime, here are the last of our camper quotes from this summer’s survey, which included the following question: “Describe the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while at Camp Spring Creek.” Here are some of our favorite responses:

“I never knew that I am good at art. I never knew that I would not be homesick.” (Chase)

“How I say ‘a’ when I read.” (Stefan)

“That I like reading.” (K.K.)

“I’m better at things when I try them more than once. I also didn’t think I would be good at archery but I was.” (Caroline)

“I can improve on my butterfly stroke. The first and second years that I came, I did terrible in the butterfly stroke. But now that it is my third year, I have gotten much better.” (Emily)

“That I can stay for a month, even though it was hard.” (Jesse)

“That I love typing a lot and I like putting photos on my flashdrive.” (Tommy)

“I learned about TIG-ER words. I learned that I can swim faster. It was also a surprise that I could finish the color run.” (Chase)

“I didn’t realize that I would like woodshop and that I could make so many things and draw so much and be able to accomplish most of the strokes in swimming and to be competitive about a lot of things and be really good at sports and really like to play.” (Michelle)

“That I can waveboard really well!” (Januz)

“That when I try my hardest, I can get it right and I can make the A/B honor roll.” (Cynia)

“I can do a back dive. I can make a pizza. I can bake cookies.” (Jazel)

“I have learned that I like to build things out of wood. I have also made friends and have better manners at the table.” (Ana)

“I thought that reading was boring, but it was fun. I thought that writing was boring, but it was fun.” (Brooke)

Video: Drop Keep E Visual

Here’s the first in a two-part installment of the “drop keep e” drill. This is the visual portion. Later, we’ll offer the auditory portion.

 

In Her Own Words: Sinem Kaplan, Camp Counselor

We briefly surveyed some of our camp staff at the end of this summer and would like to share some of their inspiring responses. This week’s reply comes from Sinem. Here’s what she had to say:

Camp Spring Creek: Explain some of your impressions as a Counselor for Camp Spring Creek. What proved most challenging? What proved most rewarding?

Sinem Kaplan: The most challenging part for me was language and communication, since English isn’t my first language. The most rewarding part was when a kid comes and hugs me. That was the best feeling I have ever had. Campers’ loves and trusts motivated me a lot.
CSC: As a role model to young campers, what were you most surprised by once you got to know the campers and felt comfortable in your role as Camp Counselor?

SK: The suprising part was some rules that put distance between counselors and the campers, for appropriateness, because they were away from their families for a long time for their young ages. We were their families at the camp. I don’t remember any difficulties about being a good role mDSC_0617odel to
the campers. Sometimes it was hard to be patient, [smile], but I was able to handle it.

CSC: Where are you now and what are you up to? (Job, school, city, country.)

SK: I am in Istanbul, Turkey. It’s my last year at university and I will be an English teacher next year.

CSC: Finally, if you have a fave photo that you took this summer, please share it with us.

SK: Here’s my photo. Love to all from Turkey!

 

Homeschool Tutoring Retreat

We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting our first-ever Homeschool Tutoring Retreat this weekend, October 10-12. A few homeschool moms and their children will attend, helping us start small as we venture into more sustainable ways to make use of our camp facilities throughout the year. Parents will have their own rooms at the retreat, while students will be housed together upstairs.

The fun begins at 6:30 on Thursday evening with a family style dinner at camp. On Friday morning, tutoring and observations will begin, working with one child at a time. While one student is in his/her tutoring session (with Susie observing and coaching the homeschool moms along the way), the others will be outside picking apples, hiking, or baking pies. We’ll spend Saturday on an all-day outing, possibly checking out the local Spruce Pine Potters Market annual exhibition or heading to the lake with bag lunches. We’ll return to camp in time for dinner and continue tutoring and observations on Sunday.

If you’d like to be involved in future weekend retreats or have ideas for themes you’d like to share with us, please don’t hesitate to reach out. This is an exciting time of expansion and outreach for Camp Spring Creek and we welcome your input.

Deeper Learning: How 8 Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the 21st Century

41XdqWyJFLL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_We’re pretty excited about a book published this spring by The New Press, called Deeper Learning and thought we’d offer the basic info here. From their website:

“In Deeper Learning, education strategist Monica R. Martinez and sociologist Dennis McGrath take us inside eight schools that have set out to transform the experience of learning. In these schools, we meet teachers and students who show us just what ‘Deeper Learning’ looks like. The examples from these pages—from high school kids developing energy-saving solutions alongside engineers to young people discovering the complexities of sustainability on an oral history expedition to Appalachia—offer an inspiring and expanded vision of what’s possible in schools today. An accessibly written showcase of schools and practices designed to empower educators and students alike, here is a book for all who are concerned with the dual need for American schools to be genuinely innovative and to embrace what works. Deeper Learning demonstrates how students in their teen years can become passionate learners and global citizens ready to take on a world increasingly defined by new technologies, economic shifts, and profound social challenges.”

For example, as the book states: “A particularly vivid example of putting students in the driver’s seat of their own education is the way they handle what traditional schools refer to as parent-teacher conferences. At these time-honored encounters, it’s not uncommon for students to stay home while the adults discuss their progress or lack thereof. At schools built on Deeper Learning principles, the meetings are often turned into student-led conferences, with students presenting their schoolwork, while their teachers, having helped them prepare, sit across the table, or even off to the side. The triad then sits together to review and discuss the work and the student’s progress. The message, once again, is that the students are responsible for their own success.”

In Her Own Words: Marguerite van der Vorst, Camp Counselor (& more)

PastedGraphic-1We briefly surveyed some of our camp staff at the end of this summer and would like to share some of their inspiring responses. This week’s reply comes from camp daughter Marguerite, who has also served as lifeguard, counselor, and all-around helper and motivator. Here’s what she had to say:

Camp Spring Creek: Explain some of your impressions as a Counselor for Camp Spring Creek. What proved most challenging? What proved most rewarding?

Marguerite van der Vorst: As a camp counselor there were both rewards and challenges. It might sound cliche, but the most challenging part of camp was watching all the children who I had grown so close to, leave. There were other challenging parts of course, but nothing as challenging as their departure. The most rewarding part was watching the kids improve not only in their academics, but also in their self-confidence and, for me, their swimming and water skiing abilities. Seeing that sparkle in their eyes when they achieved something they didn’t think they could just melted my heart.
CSC: As a role model to young campers, what were you most surprised by once you got to know the campers and felt comfortable in your role as Camp Counselor?
MV: I was most surprised by the connections I built with the campers so quickly. I knew I would grow close to them over time, but never realized that in four weeks they would feel like family. On a humorous note, I was surprised at how well I could deal with vomit and sick children.:)
CSC: Where are you now and what are you up to? (Job, school, city, country.)
MV: Right now I am currently in school at UNC Wilmington. I just started my sophomore year and couldn’t be busier. I just got accepted into the Honors College which added to my workload. I also have gotten quite involved with my sorority and plan to run for Scholarship Chair in December.
CSC: Finally, if you have a fave photo that you took this summer, please share it with us.
MV: I couldn’t choose between the two, so enjoy both!
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Video: Visual & Auditory Morphology Drill

Back by popular demand…our next installment in the tutoring training video series. Enjoy!

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