Immer5e program offers real life learning at Grand Rapids Public Museum
Caroline MacGregor November 12, 2013 | WGVU Immer5e is a partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kendall College of Art
and Design and the Grand Rapids Public Museum, providing fifth grade students
with a classroom experience inside the walls of the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
students have access to temporary exhibits, guided tours, the planetarium, and
teachers receive assistance from museum staff. Mateo Pava attends Grand Rapids
Montessori and says he’s enjoying the chance to get out of the classroom and, in his
words, “not just sitting at a desk with a textbook all day.”
One of Mateo’s
teachers is Joe Uzarski, in the profession now for 14 years, and who says his students are
already used to independent thinking and learning thanks to the Montessori
hands-on approach but this experience offers a richer learning environment.
Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Public Museum, says through
the end of April, a total of ten 5th grade classes will leave the confines of
their classroom to explore the numerous resources the museum has to offer.
Museum Education Manager, Rob
Schuitema, says Immer5e has its
origins with the state museum in Lansing; modeled after a program called “The
Big History Lesson.”
recognized for their creative and innovative teaching style, were chosen for Immer5e from a
diverse educational background. The program is supported by funding
from DTE Energy Foundation.
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