After breakfast, we began our third day of classes. In math class, our teachers pushed us to rethink our responses. On one question, we debated the nature of a unit. In art class, we studied photography and the different effects that can be used when taking different pictures. In the afternoon, I had my first marine ecology class. After looking over the syllabus, we headed out to the field to take advantage of our nearby marine ecosystems. We studied the mangroves, in the mangroves; the mudflats, in the mudflats; the intertidal zone, in the intertidal zone. We are realizing that at The Island School, the concepts we learn each day come from the world around us, our real life classroom. We wrapped up our class by identifying certain species of marine plants, invertebrates, and animals. This included a ‘touch tank’ type study of many of the species we discussed. When studying how starfish eject their stomach to digest their food, it was valuable to remember how we had all watched this during an orientation snorkel.