Team Teaching was born out of the desire of our dedicated faculty to work more closely with each other while better reaching the boys in creative and collaborative ways. In 2015, our Team Teaching model was created to replace the morning “academic” classes each Friday we are on campus, while still preserving their Exploratory courses in the afternoon. The addition of the Team Teaching has rounded out our experiential learning curriculum for the middle school boys. Every Friday, the boys are involved in non-graded experiential learning that helps expand their minds and interests.
Each of the Team Teaching courses is created by the faculty to be taught four times over the course of the school year to each grade level. Teachers are able to vary exercises, assignments, and discussions depending on the grade level. Three to four teachers from different disciplines team together in order to create and teach each course.
As one of our veteran teachers new to Seven Hills put it, “This is the most alive and engaged I have felt in the classroom in a long time. The energy from the boys and other faculty is palpable.” The ability to academically engage our boys on a day when they can easily be the most distracted is our main goal.
This year’s topics are:
Great Voyages explores the history of human migration & exploration. From the earliest hunter gatherers to astronauts, from colonists to explorers, human beings have a seemingly insatiable Wanderlust. By looking at different examples of people on the move, we’ll try to answer such questions as: who were they? why did they leave? how did they travel? what did they find? Most importantly, we’ll consider how human journeys have shaped the world in which we live. Along the way, students will practice map skills, interpret evidence from anthropology and archaeology, track the progress of technological innovation, examine human impacts on the environment, and think about what it means to be human.
Be able to ask your boys to help around the house with confidence and ease now when it comes to kitchen skills and safety, cooking and baking, serving, budgeting, and good table manners. Over the course of the quarter, each boy will help prepare a vegetable dish, a meat entree, soups, and make baked goods. As a culminating activity, we’ll sit down to a formal dinner complete with toasts. – While exploring these culinary activities, the boys will also be learning and understanding the chemistry behind removing stains; health and food safety around handling and preparing meat; and the fine points of budgeting using math and technology.
We play them, we watch them, we get obsessed over them, we devote entire TV channels and websites and magazines to them. What explains humanity’s fascination with sports? We’ll look at everything from human physiology (to show how athletes do what they do) to world history (to show how sports have been viewed over the years) to audio technology (to show how sound engineers make televised sports sound more exciting than they really are.) By the time you’re done, you’ll understand the science, the psychology, and the cultural impact of sports, whether you’re a retiree out for an afternoon jog, a professional baseball player working for a living, or a student training hard in hopes of winning a medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Truth and Lies
The Truth and Lies team teaching class invites students to explore the basic concepts of the truth and lies. First, students will record their ideas about what makes something true and what makes something a lie, and under what circumstances they thing a lie might be acceptable.The course itself features a variety of lessons that invite students to question their original thoughts on the subject, including the philosophical components of truth, the psychological aspects, and the ways in which they interact with truths and mistruths in multiple disciplines, including art, psychology, philosophy, statistics, and the news. At the conclusion of the course, students will answer the original questions again, and have an opportunity to reflect on how their opinions may have changed.