Experiential Learning During a Pandemic: Virtual Adventure Week

  • Academics
Bailey Taber

Adventure Week is an opportunity for students to reimagine learning beyond the walls of a classroom. This year, Adventure Week looked a little different due to our commitment of maintaining the safety of our community. Our students participated in virtual workshops, coached by leaders from World Leadership School (WLS). Over the course of these workshops, both faculty and students experience a new style of learning. WLS emphasizes learning through thinking, feeling, and doing, encouraging faculty and students to gain new perspectives and energy that they can apply towards purpose-driven education. Unique purposes were explored and bold visions are now in the making.

“We believe that education cannot exist in a vacuum. This is why we focus on real-life application and seeing learning and passion in the world outside of our walls. This is the reason for our Adventure Week. To exercise and experience that passion and to learn, to lead, and grow in that process,” shared Middle School Director, Corey Sampson.

Although the program is different from ‘normal’ this year, Corey believes it is still something special, exciting, and a great way to start a new year. Kids spend time in reflection and look forward with purpose.

In a typical year, students would travel to locations including Costa Rica, Moab, San Francisco, or Washington D.C. This year, students experienced Adventure Week from the comfort of their homes, with the opportunity to meet new people and listen to speakers from WLS. Kate Stone, a 5th grader, said “ I loved being able to share/find my spark and go on this big and fun journey. It was an amazing adventure for me.” Lily Derkensen from 7th grade commented “I liked the virtual week because it was very inspirational and I enjoyed the subject we talked about.” Sohan De from 6th grade explained that his favorite part of the week was the Snorkeling immersion activity.

students during Adventure Week


For more on Middle School expeditionary learning at Aspen Academy, click here.

About the Author

Bailey Taber - FT Substitute

Bailey Taber, Full Time Substitute

Bailey Taber grew up in Denver, Colorado with her sister, her brother, and two amazing parents. After graduating high school from St. Mary’s Academy, Ms. Taber furthered her education at The University of Texas at Austin. Hook’em Horns! Ms. Taber graduated with a degree in Applied Learning and Development and a certificate in Textiles and Apparel Design. She then became a Second Grade Teacher where her passions for becoming a lifelong learner and teacher multiplied.

Ms. Taber values people and relationships and is excited to embark on a new journey with Aspen Academy’s community.

When Ms. Taber is not teaching, you can find her designing clothes, spending time with friends and family, working out, swimming in a body of water, or painting!


B.S. The University of Texas at Austin