Started in Portland, Maine
Eighth grade students at King Middle School in Portland, Maine kicked off their spring expedition entitled Happitude on Monday, April 1st. Expeditions are a component of the Expeditionary Learning model which integrates all content areas through an in-depth study of one major topic or issue. King is a public school that serves roughly 500 students from diverse backgrounds in the heart of Portland.
The purpose of Happitude is to explore the idea of real and lasting happiness that remains with us no matter the circumstances and conditions. By Paying it Forward, students will begin to discover answers for the expedition*s two guiding questions: What is happiness? and What brings lasting happiness? In addition, students will research happiness in each class. In science, students will study the crucial chemicals in the brain connected to happiness; in English, students will analyze specific countries to see what indicators impact the overall well-being and happiness of populations; in social studies, students will study *golden eras* to determine the factors that have changed people*s views of happiness; in math, students will create and conduct surveys in order to compile data on the overall happiness of various populations; and in world cultures, students will examine how food impacts a person*s level of happiness.
By wearing the bracelets and Paying it Forward, students will discover the role empathy and compassion play in the continuous cycle of happiness. Please share your views and visions of compassion in action by leaving a comment about an act of kindness you received or offered. How does this act contribute to your own happiness? How does it contribute to the happiness of others?