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By Yelitza Nieves-Caraballo, Upper School Spanish Teacher

At Lawrence, we pride ourselves in using a multisensory approach to teaching students.

Facts about the condition of the planet and what we can do to reduce our ecological footprint and limit the amount of garbage being landfilled are taught with this multisensory approach in mind. By replacing the textbook cause-and-effect model with hands-on activities and projects, we enable our students to develop a deeper connection and sense of responsibility for the natural world.  

At the Upper School, several multisensory initiatives are in place to help students examine the relationship between humanity and the environment, and more will be added soon with the recent completion of our greenhouse facility.

Some programs currently in place include an annual project-based learning project focused on environmental sustainability that involves all grade 10 students, and an Envirothon Club that tests select students' knowledge of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues.

Additionally, our Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI) students built and currently maintain a compost system on the Upper School campus grounds. The benefits of this initiative are two-fold as we are able to reduce the amount of disposable waste while also giving students the opportunity to observe as food scraps and other organic debris are transformed into useful soil used for gardening, landscaping or potted plants. 

These are just a few of the many ways we are taking the importance of environmental sustainability beyond the science classroom and into our students’ daily lives.

Yelitza Nieves-Caraballo joined the Lawrence School community in 2011, teaching Introduction to Spanish Culture through Spanish 4. She also advises the Lawrence Upper School Spanish Club. Yelitza holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Baldwin-Wallace College – having graduated in 2010 – and earned a Master of Arts in Education and Literacy in 2015. Yelitza is a native speaker from Puerto Rico. Her experience as a student learning English as a second language has enabled her to gain a greater understanding of the struggles students have in learning a second language. 

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