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:

RE:Sources, Cycles, and Actions

What materials are recyclable? What happens to our waste when we throw it out? How do different materials decompose? How do we make better purchasing and material use choices? How can I reuse and repurpose objects in my life? Students in RE:Sources, Cycles, and Actions will answer all of these questions and more as they explore the minuscule to gargantuan impacts of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

 

Richmond Politics and Journalism

Students in Richmond Politics and Journalism will uncover and report on the issues facing our city today. We’ll explore Richmond via public transportation and talk to local activists and public officials. Topics we’ll investigate include: the proposed Navy Hill project, monuments on Monument Avenue, housing, environmental crisis, education, and school rezoning. We will also explore how our local governmental operates and how decisions are made.

 

Natural Succession

In this course, we will examine the progression over time of various natural, cultural, and technological systems. From the suitability of organisms to live in a particular ecosystem to the ability of language to be an effective means of communication, students will investigate the ways in which modifications have acted as agents of change. Students will explore historical case studies of how things have progressed to their current state, then apply that information to make predictions about future developments.