This Week at LiHigh School

Monday

  • Pick Me Up: Students will watch Jamie Oliver’s TED talk, “Teach Every Child About Food”
  • Seminar: Students will work on their communications skills by rehearsing phone calls to local food producers to schedule visits by their classmates to the producer’s location next week
  • Independent Time: Students will have two hours of independent time to work on their individual projects, find food producers to call, and organize their schedule for the week
  • Lunch
  • Quiet Time: Students will have 30 minutes of reading time
  • Workshop: Students will call local food producers to schedule fields trips for next week
  • Reflection: Students will have 25 minutes to reflect on their day
  • Close Out: Students will play “Food Jeopardy” to close the day on a fun note

Tuesday

  • Seminar: Students will report back on their food logs (they’ve been writing down everything they’ve eaten for the past week) and begin the process of tracing the geographic origin of their foods
  • Independent Time: Students will have two hours of independent time to work on their individual projects
  • Field Trip: Students will visit the Stone Valley Community Market in Poultney to learn, among other things, how local food gets from the farm to the shelf
  • Independent Time: Students will have two hours of independent time to work on their individual projects

Wednesday

  • Pick Me Up: Students will watch Mark Bittman’s TED talk, “What’s Wrong with What We Eat?”
  • Seminar: Using their findings from Tuesday’s seminar, students will begin to develop alternative meal plans for themselves that include more local food
  • Art Workshop: Students will work on the VANS Custom Culture shoe designs
  • Book Club: Students will report back on the latest from their science-related books
  • Lunch
  • Quiet Time: Students will have 30 minutes to recharge for the afternoon
  • Workshop: Reading and discussing excerpts from Bill McKibben’s book, Deep Economy, students will begin to expand their concept of “local economy” beyond the subject of food
  • Reflection: Students will have 25 minutes to reflect on their day
  • Close Out: Students will play another round of “Food Jeopardy” to close the day on a fun note

Thursday

  • Pick Me Up: Students will watch Drew Dudley’s TED talk, “Everyday Leadership”
  • Seminar: A former Social Studies teacher and Assistant Principal in New York City, Jodie Ruck, will visit the school to lead a discussion on how to balance one’s needs against the obligations of the community
  • Independent Time: Students will have two hours of independent time to work on their individual projects
  • Lunch
  • Quiet Time: Students will have 30 minutes of meditation
  • Workshop: Our co-director and special educator, Zohara Zarfati, will help the students improve their listening skills in preparation for next week’s field trips to and interviews with local food producers
  • Reflection: Students will have 25 minutes to reflect on their day
  • Close Out: Students will play a final round of “Food Jeopardy” to close the day on a fun note

Friday

  • Independent Work Day: Students will have the complete day to work on independent projects, including their college homework, their senior capstones, and reading for book club.

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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