Grade Level Programming: Kicking Off a New Year
Sarah O'Neill

Tilton’s Grade Level Programming bring teams of faculty together with students to solve problems, think deeply, and work together to navigate their world with character and vision. These teams were established with the goal of providing consistent and effective planning and operational vehicles for faculty who work with students at various developmental levels within the school.

Each grade level follows a theme throughout the year, engaging in activities on and off-campus that reinforce said themes. Here’s what they’ve been up to so far this year!


Forge - 9th Grade 

Learning Theme: Self-Discovery

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS: WHO AM I? WHO DO I WANT TO BECOME?

To support the forge theme of “Who Am I?” the 9th graders are spending the first part of this year learning more about who they are and are sharing that information in a variety of ways. One such way is through our new mask project. Students are each creating a mask where the front symbolizes what they show the world and the back represents what they keep for just themselves and their close friends and family. They’ve been asked to consider their likes, emotions, dreams, et cetera. Students created their templates and made their own list of supplies. The project culminated on Saturday, October 12 with a reflection and sharing day. The marks are currently on display in the Forge Seminar Room.

Ignite - 10th Grade

Learning Theme: Discovery of Community

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS: WHAT IS COMMUNITY? WHAT IS OUR ROLE WITHIN A COMMUNITY?

Tilton's sophomore class will be focusing on giving back to the community by partnering with the Tilton Town Hall to beautify town and campus. This past weekend, they planted tulips throughout the community and created plaques that will be on display throughout town.  

Dive - 11th Grade

Learning Theme: Development of Ethical Thinking and Active Citizenship

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: WHAT IS THE COMMON GOOD?

Members of the 11th-grade class will be creating and developing a life map. Life maps are visual representations of important life experiences. Students have already been introduced to this project and spent one of our early classes brainstorming memorable experiences-- they have been encouraged to ask themselves important life questions such as: 

  • Where did I start out? 

  • Where have I been? 

  • Where would I like to go? 

Students' life maps are the launchpad for future activities where they will be given designated time for honest self-reflection combined with practical goal setting. 

Launch - 12th/PG Grade

Learning Theme: Development of Ethical Thinking and Active Citizenship

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: WHAT IS MY ROLE AS A CITIZEN OF THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY?

An essential part of the journey to self-discovery at Tilton School is the Legacy Project; a student-selected exploration of a topic which results in a significant piece of work worked on throughout the year and presented in the spring.  For Grade Level Programming this year, the Launch program have been working in their Legacy Project groups. Their work will focus on individual students presenting their Legacy Project ideas, defending these ideas, and students working on giving and receiving feedback with peers and faculty.

 

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