Electives and Activities:
Elective courses provide a balance to the day and run Monday through Friday. Students are asked to sign up for a workshop they will participate in for the entire program. Options and descriptions are listed below. On Tuesday and Thursday students will participate in co-curricular activities ranging from things like Yoga, Improv, and Zumba. Students will sign up for activities after enrollment in the program.
Sports & Culture
Tech Tools for Learning
Photography: Learn and Shoot
Drawing: This is an introductory course in drawing, but will also provide continued instruction for seasoned mark makers. Emphasis is on strategies, methods, and techniques for translating three-dimensional form and space onto a two-dimensional surface using the language of line, value, and the illusion of depth and texture. Mark making and its expressive and descriptive qualities will be examined.
Sports and Culture: Are you interested in sports in America? In this course, we will look at the role sports play in our society. Using materials from a variety of sources, students will examine the relationships sports have to individuals and social organizations. The course will cover current issues in sports, such as the nature of competition, performance enhancement, violence, gender issues, and multi-million dollar contracts.
Tech Tools for Learning (Assistive Technology): Do you wonder how you can use technology to help you become a better student? Have you ever been told you should try Dragon or Kurzweil, but haven’t known where to begin? Are reading and spelling challenging for you? In this course, you will learn about three of the assistive technologies used at Landmark College: Kurzweil 3000 (text-to-speech), Inspiration (concept/mind-mapping), and Dragon NaturallySpeaking (speech-to-text). Additionally, we will present other technology options, including OneNote and many free options such as Readability, WebNotes, StudyBlue flashcards, Wunderlist, LeechBlock, and ToDoList. You will learn through a process of classroom discussion and activities, small-group interaction, hands-on training, homework assignments, and a final evaluation. This course will present you with a solid foundation for pursuing AT upon returning to your high school or going on to college.
Photography: Learn and Shoot: The best camera in the world is the camera in your pocket. Whether you use a phone, DSLR, or point and shoot, come and learn the basics about camera functions, lighting, and composition. After quick mini-lessons, practice using your camera outside or in easy-to-create studio set-ups. During this workshop, we’ll explore camera terminology, composition, storytelling, and post processing. We’ll examine student’s work in online critique sessions and “how to” post-processing demonstrations. This workshop will encourage everyone to “get out” and start taking amazing images.
Mindful Teen: Mindfulness can sharpen focus, increase happiness, and lower anxiety. What is mindfulness and how can it enhance our well-being? In this workshop we will cover strategies for reducing anxiety, sharpening focus, and increasing your sense of wellness in daily life. Themes covered will include mindful eating, mindful movement, and meditation. Students will walk away with a range of strategies and exercises for optimizing their well-being and learning during these challenging times.