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Wed

How do we think about thinking? The History of Psychology

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Wed,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Psychology isn't just about therapy, it is the study of the human psyche (Greek: soul). We have a brain that can think about how it thinks- doesn't that blow your mind?!? Each week we will explore a different era in which people tried out new ideas to explain what it means to be a human being, from the ancient Greeks to modern neuroscientists.

Instructor: Joli Hamilton

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tues

Your Right to Swing Your Fist: A Discussion on Ethical Behavior

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Tues,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. Many of our ethical decisions are based on what we learned from our parents and teachers. This is all well and good (hopefully, in most cases); but as we become and live as adults, it is imperative that we know what we believe and why, strengthening the good modeling from our parents and understanding it so that we can act according to our ethical beliefs. How do we be true to ourselves and to our values under the stress of real life? And how do we present that truth to the larger world (for example, in social media) without being offensive to others? As the world is becoming a more complex place ethically, deciding to live mindfully is more challenging, and requires self-analysis and forethought.

Instructor: Ruti Eastman

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thur

Not So Random Acts of Kindness: Part One

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Thur,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Random Acts of Kindness is a phrase used frequently, but what if they were not so random? What if you planned them out? Every week, there will be an assigned project everyone in class will complete from our text. These will be a variety of tasks aimed at helping each student stretch their comfort zones a bit. Also, each student will select five additional projects which they will perform solo or with their families - one every two weeks. Students will keep a journal and write down or draw pictures to express their reactions and responses to each task, how it made them feel, and what response they received (if it was observable) from the person on the receiving end of the not so random act of kindness. Students will be expected to share where comfortable with the rest of the class during discussion.

Instructor: Beth York

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thur

Not So Random Acts of Kindness: Part Two

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thur,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Random Acts of Kindness is a phrase used frequently, but what if they were not so random? What if you planned them out? Every week, there will be an assigned project everyone in class will complete from our text. These will be a variety of tasks aimed at helping each student stretch their comfort zones a bit. Also, each student will select five additional projects which they will perform solo or with their families - one every two weeks. Students will keep a journal and write down or draw pictures to express their reactions and responses to each task, how it made them feel, and what response they received (if it was observable) from the person on the receiving end of the not so random act of kindness. Students will be expected to share where comfortable with the rest of the class during discussion.

Instructor: Beth York

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon

Present Yourself: A Course in Public Speaking

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Mon,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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After animals and death, public speaking is one of the most common fears people experience. Yet, being able to speak publicly is a skill that is required in so many areas of life – teaching, interviewing for a job and sales, just to name a few. Learning how to present yourself well and with confidence is crucial to success in life.  This course, taught by a public speaker and life coach, covers all of the basic pieces needed for you to learn to speak in public with confidence and effectiveness.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wed

Intentionally Me: A Workshop in Mindfulness and Intentionality

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Wed,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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Why do you keep doing what you are doing even though you know its self-defeating?  What are the keys to getting unstuck and getting everything you want out of life?  What does my value as a human being come from?  These and many other questions will be explored in a deep and profound way over the course of the year, building a foundation for healthy relationships and a wonderfully meaningful life.

Instructor: Penina Taylor

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wed

Western Philosophy: Solving Mysteries with Our Minds

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Wed,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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Philosophy is unlike any other subject you will take in school. For starters, there are no tests or quizzes. You won’t be asked to memorize any facts, though you will be expected to learn the principals that philosophers have suggested and think about how (and whether) they apply. Philosophy is analytical and critical, speculative and creative, exciting and mysterious. It is an activity more than a collection of knowledge. The goal is to combine the adventure of ideas with the rigorous analysis of them. It is serious, yet playful, thought. Throughout this course we will be studying the history of thought from ancient times through current philosophers. While we do this, we will be solving the mystery of Sophie’s existence along with her.

Instructor: Sara Moore-Gruver

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thur

Do You Know How To Think? Critical Thinking and Decision Making

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Thur,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have you ever thought about thinking? How do you think? Do you like puzzles? How about the puzzle of better thinking? The puzzle of better thinking is called critical or creative thinking that leads to better decision-making. Purposeful thinking. We will explore how to be more purposeful about our thinking and practice these methods. We will also learn why we make mistakes, and how to correct them!

Instructor: Leo McCormick

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thur

Do You Know How To Think? Critical Thinking and Decision Making

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thur,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have you ever thought about thinking? How do you think? Do you like puzzles? How about the puzzle of better thinking? The puzzle of better thinking is called critical or creative thinking that leads to better decision-making. Purposeful thinking. We will explore how to be more purposeful about our thinking and practice these methods. We will also learn why we make mistakes, and how to correct them!

Instructor: Leo McCormick

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.