A Busy First Month!

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As you can see from the date of the last post, we’ve had a busy start at LiHigh School LTI! With three full-time students (pictured above), and two more joining us for several hours each week, we couldn’t be happier with our opening month!

You’ll hear more from our students in the weeks ahead, but just to catch you up, in the last few weeks, our students have completed what we call their “Who Am I?” exhibition, which is where each student delivers a 40-minute presentation that addresses the question, “Who Am I?” To prepare for the presentation, each student had to develop:

  • A Past Map that explored the events that have shaped them into who they are today
  • A Present Map that investigated the way they interact on a daily basis with their friends, family, community, and environment
  • A Future Map that imagined the paths laid out before them and the obstacles that might get in their way
  • An Empirical Reasoning report where they researched the science behind a topic that interested them
  • A Quantitative Reasoning report that solved or examined a number-related issue in their lives

On October 6th, the students stood up, individually, before their parents, their peers, and all of the staff members of the school and presented their work. We hope to put up a video of some highlights pretty soon, but we’ll have to see how it all comes out in the editing 🙂 But one thing’s for sure: we couldn’t have been prouder of each and every one of them.

The goal of the Who Am I? projects was to discover the areas that hold the most interest for each student and to uncover whatever it is they’re most passionate about. The projects set the stage for the students’ next big hurdle: choosing a real-world internship that speaks to who they are, what they love, and what they want to explore in life. With any luck, each student will start their internship at the beginning of November.

On November 10th (or thereabouts), the students will host their first public exhibition, which will mark the end of the first quarter for them. We’re still working out the details on the location and time for the event, but as we get closer to the day, we’ll be sure to update the blog. To make sure you don’t miss out, come back to the blog often, or fill out the form on our “Stay in Touch” page.

Thanks for coming by, and we hope to see you soon!

Author: Kyle Callahan

Hi, I'm Kyle. I'm an advisor at LiHigh School. I've been involved in progressive education since I was in high school. I was an original member (and student representative) of the Progressive Program at Green Mountain College, and for my Master's degree, I attended Goddard College, which started the trend toward progressive education in the 1960s. Along with teaching at LiHigh School, I teach courses in creative writing and communications at Green Mountain College. I live with my wife and daughter in Poultney.

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