All fifth-graders participate in a unique Decision Education and Leadership course designed to help students understand their natural talents, as well as how to make good decisions and be quality leaders of the Lower School. To finish the course, boys work with their teachers to create projects that are designed to serve needs in the Lower School and the surrounding community.
The leadership project is a natural fit for our design thinking initiative in the Lower School; it’s the process, not the result, that provides the richest learning experience for students.
This year’s projects include: being reading and library assistants for young students; assisting younger students with math and vocabulary; evaluating safety and sportsmanship of recess games; designing a fifth-grade memory book using publishing tools; developing technology games and tournaments; learning how to lead a healthy life through cooking; and supporting animal rescue efforts. Students started working on their projects in January, and will present their projects to parents and teachers during the fifth-grade Leadership Fair later this month.
“The leadership project is a natural fit for our design thinking initiative in the Lower School; it’s the process, not the result, that provides the richest learning experience for students,” said Jay Brown, Dean of Lower School, who teaches the course. “Boys are leveraging their natural strengths and passions to contribute to our school community.”