Our third quarter starts on January 23rd, which means for the past couple of weeks, we’ve been working hard on preparing classes for the new schedule. There are lot of classes that are continuing from the second quarter into the third (math, baking, and Dungeons & Dragons, for example), but there are also a lot of classes that are starting fresh.
Here’s a small sample of some of the new classes our students will be taking next quarter:
- Physical Education: Thanks to a renewed partnership with Green Mountain College, our students will be able to use the fitness center to develop their muscles and work on their cardio. We couldn’t be more excited to be able to offer this to our students again!
- Beat Generation: Students will explore the lives and literature of the Beat Generation, and try to discover whether the values of the Beats are important for today.
- History of Comedy: While working on the development of a sketch show to be performed at the end of the year, students will learn how the concept of comedy has evolved and changed over time.
- Icefishing: Once a week, students will develop skills and knowledge for catching fish during the winter, using the experience to develop empirical reasoning skills related to collecting data, formulating hypotheses, and questioning their conclusions; plus, there’s the added bonus of serving as an antidote to Seasonal Affective Disorder. When the weather starts to change, this class will transition to a workshop on maple sugaring, using the sugar shack and sugar trees on our pond-side campus in Wells.
- Skiing/Snowboarding: Once a week, students will travel to Pico Mountain to improve their skiing and snowboarding abilities. Again, along with satisfying Physical Education requirements, this experience serves as an antidote to Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- Improvisational Sound Exploration: In this musical improvisation class, students will attempt to communicate with one another using various instruments as their voices. Through this experience, students will improve their listening and creative expression skills.
- Introduction to Reiki: “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation.” In this course, our students will learn the principles of reiki and receives hands-on experience with the technique.
- Rad Men & Women: In these two classes, students will focus on the biographies of men and women who have made a real impact on our world.
- Talking Politics, Religion, & Sex: The Art of Difficult Conversations: Inspired by a Facebook meme that read, “Being taught not to talk about politics and religion has led to a lack of understanding of politics and religion. What we should have been taught is how to have a civil conversation about a difficult topic.” So…that’s what this class will be doing.
- Tourism: In this course, students will create itineraries for fantasy trips around the world, solving various problems that get in the way of travelers and expanding their understanding of geography and culture.
- Vikings: Students will explore who the Vikings were and how they interacted with and influenced other societies.
There will be lots of other courses too, and plenty of independent projects — including internships in auto mechanics and carpentry — but the ones above are the newest to be added to our schedule.
Not every student participates in every class, of course, but with over 75 different courses being offered next quarter, there are plenty of opportunities for them to deepen their understanding of and their experiences with the world.