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“I tried to be inventive myself when creating the curriculum, and I've put a lot of emphasis on hands on, inquiry based exploration, where students have the opportunity to kinesthetically become involved in their learning process,” said Simpson. “The students do receive some presented information, but the core of each lesson revolves around some activity that requires the students to problem solve and figure things out for themselves,” she added.
And that approach is working well for the students. One day, the students entered their class room to discover it had been completely trashed by an unidentified assailant, and the students spent the class interviewing, fingerprinting and gathering evidence from possible perpetrators. “From what I can tell, they are engaged and enjoying what they are learning,” Simpson said.
Multiple students praise the innovative hands-on style Simpson has embraced for this course. “Sometimes, they (students) ask questions that I don't know the answer to, and I use that as an opportunity for all of us to learn, by researching and figuring out the answer so we can all benefit from the knowledge gained,” Simpson said.
For all students and parents who are looking for information regarding college financial aid, Edgewood will be hosting their usual fall financial aid meeting 5 p.m. Nov. 15 in Edgewood’s inner cafeteria. The meeting will address scholarship opportunities, grants, loans and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This meeting will make students and their parents aware of the plethora of opportunities available for all who are college-bound. Students are encouraged to pursue scholarship opportunities. The meeting also gives parents the opportunity to look at the application process and introduce them to the different forms of financial aid offered to their children. Gary Himes, one of the counselors at Edgewood, recommends that all parents and students looking to apply for college attend this meeting and begin looking at opportunities sooner rather than later. “It’s never too early to look, even if you’re a freshman or sophomore,” said Himes.