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Leaving Independence is an episodic feature about discovery, character growth development, and independent thinking. Dave Vixie is an eighth grade teacher out of Northern California. It is not too often that you come across an educator who is so passionate about learning that he will go to great lengths to teach a student to become a thinker not a reflector. This particular project he calls a “simulation” where the kids are encouraged to experience what it would have really been like for the early travelers. They are to think in 19th century terms. In this first episode the students start out on a journey retracing the footsteps of the early pioneers beginning where the Humbolt River ends. Their final destination is 120 miles away in California. All along the trail Dave Vixie teaches spontaneous object lessons that are analogous to real life decisions that even adults face.

Episode List

1. Hard Road Easy Road
2. Rabbit Hole Springs
3. The Wreck
4. Abandoned
5. In The Shadow of Death
6. Does Anybody Live Here?
7. Life’s Dash
8. The Fragrance of Forgiveness
9. Caving In
10. Taking the Lead

Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 7.25 × 0.3 in
Set Options: No selection

DVD, Flash Drive

1 review for Leaving Independence

  1. John Sneed

    I just watched the first episode, “Hard Road Easy Road”. I was mesmerized about how the teacher/leader worked with the students to give them information about how best to survive and make decisions….which will hopefully help them make decisions when they return to the 21st century and their real lives. I can hardly wait to watch the rest of the episodes. Thank you Little Light Studios and the participants in this project. It could not have been that easy.

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