7/8 Grade Summer 2017 Classes

Beyond the Book: Discover, Analyze, Inspire

Dates: July 24 - July 28 (Please note date change)

This workshop introduces students to special study skills to prepare them for increasing complexity and quantity of school work. Students will read short and long literature pieces, learn to create annotations, take effective notes and learn approaches for interpreting standardized test materials. Development of these skills will be facilitated through group work where open minded discussions and constructive peer feedback are encouraged.

Open Your Mind: Investigate and Transform the World Around You

Dates: August 7 – August 11

This class emphasizes the 21st Century skills needed to further develop student learning goals including; critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and self-management. Students will be challenged to find the answers to complex problems that may have multiple solutions. Working with others will encourage them to be flexible thinkers, able manage information and not only provide but receive constructive feedback. This supportive and safe learning environment will equip students with the tools and resources to flourish as their academic mindset matures.

Public Speaking: Don’t Just Speak, Speak Up!

Dates: July 31 – August 4

This is a week long class introducing middle schoolers to the art of making formal presentations. But this is not your usual Public Speaking class. It brings together lessons in project planning, executive functioning skills, research tools, organizing information, polished self-presentation and group collaboration. We believe that long term and regular speaking practice not only helps develop a sophisticated delivery style but also confidence, by desensitizing kids to speaking anxiety. We want kids to think of professional communication skills as an enduring facet of themselves, not something they have to suddenly worry about when they are in college.

Real Life, Real Problems, Real Math, Real Solutions

Dates: July 17 - July 21 (Please note date change)

Unknown quantities, incomplete information, quick decisions are all part of adult life. We, adults, know that there is a powerhouse method (Read A-L-G-E-B-R-A) to make the unknown, known and the unpredictable, predictable. But your middle schooler hasn’t had that practice yet. Here’s to introducing 7th and 8th graders to Math that can make them feel more informed and in control of their decisions. This one week class will cover several topics including Linear and Quadratic Equations, Exponential Functions and Arithmetic and Geometric sequencing with examples of real life application.