8th Grade

TRIPs

Middle school at Moses Brown begins with Team Trips, when students and their teachers go on a four-day retreat to a rural location.  These trips are responsible for many life-long friendships, and ensure that every school year begins with a strong sense of community among classmates, and between grades.  This emotional safety and shared trust helps us be the best learners, teachers, friends, classmates and people we can be.

In the course of these trips, children learn self-reliance and how to work as a member of a team.  They learn how to overcome obstacles and understand their strengths and liabilities.  Learning to care for themselves and others, to organize their gear and pack their clothes, and to be an effective follower, helper, and leader establishes a foundation of confidence that helps every child address the challenges ahead.  For students new to Moses Brown, these trips dramatically accelerate their network of friendships and sense of belonging.  For eighth graders, these trips awaken them to the idea that they are the leaders of middle school, and that the tone and character of the year depends largely upon them.

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With frequent guest speakers and special programming, eighth graders’ classes are often enlivened by outside experts who come to Moses Brown to share their knowledge with the next generation of scholars, artists, athletes, learners, and leaders.

Over spring break, they can work side by side with scientists and ecologists from the conservationist organization Para La Naturaleza in Puerto Rico, exploring mangrove, reef, and blue water ecosystems and the ruins of the Spanish empire and U.S. Cold War installations.  In the summer, students yearning to go West can join the Yellowstone trip, on which they have the opportunity to work the range, studying migration patterns, helping care for the migration routes of pronghorn and putting in hard days’ work mending cattle fences with a working rancher.  If they’d prefer to go far East, they can travel to China to visit cities of political, economic, and historic significance, enjoying local cuisine and cultural performances and getting a look at a different way of living.

It’s all part of bringing our classrooms to the world and the world to our classrooms, because some things can’t be conveyed in a essay, white paper, or textbook.

Click here to see all 2018-2019 TRIPs.

Faculty

Gara Field

Interim Head of Upper School/Dir. of Global Education

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Gara Field

University of Hartford – B.A.
University of Hartford – M.A.
Harvard University – M.Ed.
University of Connecticut – Ph.D.

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