At the Northwest Austin location on Thursdays, we offer Middle School courses:
Art & Critical Thinking – Mrs. L
This year we will explore art through a detective’s lens. Weekly fun starts with our Critical thinking mystery solvers exercise and team building. We will turn a critical eye toward the modern art movement, plus, refine our light comprehension and drawing skills.
French – Mr. Hill
This course is focused on introducing students to the basics of the French language and culture. The most important aspect of this course is to help the students open their minds to speaking and understanding a different language.
Languages are just varied ways of communication and when we learn a new one we are just expanding our vocabulary. It is easy to create learning barriers that make it difficult to learn other languages. We will address this and focus on speaking and experiences rather than just limiting the curriculum to primarily French grammar.
Experiencing the culture through, food, music, art and everyday interaction helps to build a bridge of understanding that provides a realization that even though languages may sound different the communication process is relatively the same.
My goal is to have students confidently open to expressing simple ideas and wants in French by the end of the school year. The success in this is two-fold. Students will realize that expressing themselves in another language is possible. With this new-found confidence comes an understanding that increasing one’s vocabulary makes the potential to learn any language that much more attainable.
A/V Effective Communication – Mr. Hill
This course is focused on introducing students to the basics of effective communication. The most important aspect of this course is to help the students open their minds to expressing themselves and their ideas across different formats.
Technology has provided more ways to communicate. But like the written word we must be able to effectively communicate person to person before we can use other formats in a successful manner. We will explore the history of communication and how to improve communications in varied forums including, public speaking, text/social media and of course blogging.
My goal is to have students confidently open to expressing themselves and their ideas across different formats. I also want the students to understand the power of communication and how to wield it in a positive constructive way.
Leadership/Servanthood – Mrs. Cecil
Psalm 139:14 “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Every person is wonderfully made, unique and special. In this class we will explore our strengths and differences by learning our individual learning styles, recognizing our unique strengths/weaknesses, and develop multiple levels of intelligences within our brains, accepting and encouraging one another. Students will develop critical and creative thinking skills such as classifying, analyzing, observing, generalizing, problem solving, evaluating, flexibility, originality, elaborating and visualizing.
Science – Mrs. Cecil
Mrs. Cecil will use the Daily Science curriculum for middle school ages. It follows the physical science content that was a foundation science required before high school specific sciences. “I choose this because it will partner well with the other sciences taught on the other campuses and because it has many ethical type discussion questions that we can research and debate during our character building time.”
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We will work alternately between our projects and flexing our critical skills muscles throughout the year.
Critical thinking mystery solvers exercise and team building
Modern art movements
Understanding the 3 major styles of art:
- Realism – art that depicts objects/people in a realistic way.
- Abstract – art that depicts objects/people in a semi-form creation
- Non-Objective – art that does not depict any form, just design and expression
This year our middle schoolers will make a “Sharebook”.
Share book, it’s like Facebook yet it’s a time capsule of our time together. This one solitary moment in time where we are gathered to explore the mysteries of life.
Our sketchbook will be passed around where each student gets to lend their own unique flair to it.
- Month 1- Introduction to French culture
- Month 2- Vocabulary /Phrases
- Month 3- Navigating Daily Interactions
- Month 4- Explore French speaking countries
- Month 5-Conversation/pronunciation
- Month 6- Conversation/pronunciation
- Month 7-Conversation/pronunciation
- Month 1– Introduction to human communication
- Month 2– Ways we communicate
- Month 3– Technology and Communications
- Month 4-Creating a communication style
- Month 5-Effective face to face communication
- Month 6- Blogging/face to face presentations
- Month 7-Blogging/face to face presentations
I would like each student to have a copy of this paperback:
Communication Long Ago and Today by Lindsy O’Brien
1. Develop and strengthen graciousness and compassion for others. (Ephesians 4:32)
2. Encourage and develop healthy relationships, recognizing and resolving circumstances of physical or emotional bullying. (2 Timothy 1:7)
3. Influence others in positive ways, encouraging others for good in deed and words.
4. Capitalize on personal strengths and uniqueness while celebrating the differences in self and others. (Psalm 139:13-14)
5. Develop wisdom by practicing critical thinking skills that lead to positive choices. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Topics in Leadership:
Respect for Others/self
Big Idea 1:
Living things inherit a combination of traits from their parents (DNA Extration Lab and debate on how ethical is it to genetically alter food and animals?)
Big Idea 2:
Changes in the environment can affect the survival of a species (Do scientists really know the age of the earth and can adaptations be proven?)
Big Idea 3:
The tilt of the Earth’s axis and energy from the sun affect seasons and weather patterns. (Can we change the weather?)
Big Idea 4:
Earth is Divided into layers. (Plate Tectonics, Real or Myth? How do scientists know what’s deep in the earth?)
Big Idea 5:
Matter is made up of tiny particles called atoms and all known substances are made up of these atoms. (If scientist’s can’t see atoms, how do they know they exist?)
Big Idea 6:
Energy can be mechanical, ,electrical, thermal, or chemical. Light, sound and heat are often the results of energy. (What energy sources are controversial and why?)
*Throughout the school year Middle Schoolers will also have lessons in “life skills” as they explore the “how to’s” centered around traditional home economics. This is to include special hands-on learning activities such as:
*household management and budgeting (how to be a good steward with God’s money)
*cooking and meal planning (can good nutrition change our DNA and reverse disease in future generations?)
*basic auto maintenance (practical “tools” for young adults)