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May 7, 2013 > Students Learn by Doing

Students Learn by Doing

At Alsion Montessori Middle and High School students do not just learn in the classroom, they also try to put those lessons into practice in the real world. Following in the Montessori tradition of "learning by doing" the students have been working hard to become diplomats, politicians and orators by attending Model United Nations (MUN) and Junior State of America (JSA) conventions all over Northern California. According to 10th Grader, Abizer Lokhandwala, these lessons really do take root.

"My experience at Model UN and JSA has been very rewarding. I have had the opportunity to speak at many debates on controversial topics, and learned many important things about public speaking, campaigning, and people in general. This knowledge has applications not only in politics, but in almost everything - the ability to speak is crucial for success in life, and Model UN and JSA really teaches and enforces this skill."

But it is not just debate and public speaking that the students learn, they also learn valuable life skills "The one thing that all us MUN and JSA-goers share: the dedication not only to express ourselves but to hear others out" said 9th grader Rishabh Singhal, " a skill I wish politicians would share" he added.

"We try to impress upon the students that they are learning to be responsible adults and so we have them model that behavior," said their advisor and history teacher, Carter McCoy. "Plus as a very small school I believe it is important to get the students engaged with the outside world as frequently as possible. It helps them develop socially and academically but they also have a great time doing it. Both Model UN and JSA are great programs and allow opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, organizational acumen and confidence as well."

But what really impressed some of the students about the JSA Spring State convention was the student run nature of the event. "The convention was completely student run, but felt like a professional conference." Said Devin Bog, a 9th grader at the school as they packed up the van and headed home. Added Mr. McCoy "It's great that the Montessori philosophy allows us the freedom to bring classroom lessons to life."

To learn more about Alsion Montessori Middle and Early College High School program please visit www.alsion.org or attend their New Parent Information Night, May 9th beginning at 5 p.m. 750 Witherly Lane, Fremont CA 94539. Please call 510-445-1127 to reserve your seat.

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