Middle school is the most important time in a child’s life for emotional and academic development—a pivotal few years when children gain a sense of identity and independence, develop their voices in the community of the classroom, and become ethical citizens who think deeply about diverse subjects.
The beautiful and highly adaptive adolescent brain is a marvel to behold. Technological advances have provided a clearer window into the workings of a brain that was once dismissed as a stage of development to simply “get through.” Current science debunks this perception and shows us that adolescence is perhaps the most crucial period in human cognitive and emotional development.
Learn more in an interesting article from Edutopia, “Decoding the Teenage Brain (in 3 Charts).”
Over the past month, students in sixth-grade history have been learning to think, dig, and document like archaeologists by conducting an indoor archaeological dig in the new Lower School’s Innovation Lab. In groups of three or four, students practice their excavation and documentation skills by gradually uncovering and recording artifacts hidden within their team’s bin.
We are excited to be piloting new, complementary curricula in eighth grade English and history this year. We spent much of the summer working together to create courses that work in concert to explore themes of citizenship, civic engagement, and civil rights.
The central theme of the eighth-grade humanities experience is citizenship. Students will explore many different iterations of civic courage and community, from the local to the global, and investigate concepts including justice, activism, and intersectionality. Continue reading “Waynflete pilots complementary English/History middle school curriculum”
Life can feel overwhelming to the middle schooler who is navigating longer periods of focused attention on academics, working to balance extracurricular activities with homework, and beginning to chart a course toward adulthood and self-reliance—all while a large volume of highly stimulating, provocative information streams in at high speeds, through myriad devices, at every moment of the day. To empathize with the challenges that your child faces at this stage in their development, it is important for you to learn more about the middle-school brain.