Our Enrichment Program for our oldest students, which we call our Osprey group, now features a “Lab” format where students will work independently on computers or tablets in addition to receiving group instruction. This program is new for the 2018-19 school year. This class will feature similar subjects as our traditional session-blocks, but we will strengthen focus on practical math and writing skills. Students will be encouraged to use logic and to relate one field of study to another.
Students will be asked to bring a laptop or tablet with a keyboard to class for Computer Lab time each week. We will provide one shared computer in class for students who cannot bring their own. We will teach students basic software skills leveraging Google Docs and Sheets to avoid any need for PC or Mac software. The class will learn computer skills and be offered reinforcing activities. Independent work will be “assigned” through Google Classrooms as take-home extension activities.
A Unit Study example:
Science: study physics and apply formulas to measure or predict
Language Arts: research and report information by creating a narrative or argument related to their research
Art: explore great artists and apply their techniques
Focus Studies: reflect on how these subjects intertwine perhaps making a timeline or learning more about the lives of the artists and scientists featured in the Unit
Throughout the year, we will encourage the students to compile their writings and art into a shared publication such as a newsletter.