Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 29, 2014
Adams School students take over learning and turn it into fun with SMORGs
Olivia Creamer-Cefalo, an Adams School student in Castine, Maine created a fairy house on May 23, 2014.
by Anne Berleant
SMORGS, or a smorgasbord of student-led activities that take a step outside everyday, classroom learning, returned to Adams School for the afternoon on May 23.
“The idea is you give the school over to the kids,” said teacher Bill McWeeney, who brought the idea with him when he first began teaching in Castine.
Students come up with a plan for a one-hour activity. Then, they enlist a grown-up, whether teacher or parent, to supervise. Finally, each student signs up for the SMORGS they want to attend. Not all students run SMORGS, but all participate.
SMORGS varied from the practical, like cleaning the Nature Center building on the school grounds, to the fantastical, like creating fairy houses, to the creative, like rock painting and splatter painting, to the athletic, like a basketball skills session or a bike ride through town.
“The idea is to initiate something above and beyond regular classes or gym,” McWeeney said, that “makes it a learning experience.”