Group Tutorial III is a two-day program, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, providing time for the pre-teens to delve deeply into activities and projects. This program is designed for youth who are looking to engage in collaborative activities and experiences. Activities will integrate the whole spectrum of Multiple Intelligences.
On Tuesdays, emphasis will be placed on the Intelligences that are more deeply rooted in the humanities. Youth will engage in collaborative group problem solving and team-building activities and further develop their communication skills (written and oral). A deeper exploration of language arts could include an examination of, and practical work in, poetry, short stories, novels, essays and journalism. Youth will complete a Comprehensive Project, which is a more formalized and advanced version of a Peer Facilitation. It incorporates a written component and offers youth the opportunity to hone both their research and writing skills.
Activities will integrate academic areas with hands-on, project-based work. Some projects and topics will be one-time events while others will continue for a number of weeks, offering time for deeper exploration. Using the broader community as a living framework, young people will be given the opportunity to take action to make a positive impact in the world and understand its complexities. Youth-driven interests will inspire the group to explore multiple areas of study to broaden and deepen their understanding of the world around them.
Thursdays will focus on science and math. Some of the math and science will be through the lens of a Naturalist. Youth are introduced to basic naturalist principles such as ecology, zoology and botany, utilizing observation skills in a hands-on and collaborative setting. Youth will become keenly aware of the many ways mathematics weaves its way into the natural world. Emphasis will be placed on developing and honing the youth’s naturalist skills through Real Work endeavors such as designing and clearing nature trails, cooking over an outdoor fire, preserving food using methods such as smoking or canning, and utilizing OC’s 28-acre campus. Additionally, there will be opportunities for service learning through local volunteering.
Citizen Science is a Real Work opportunity to act locally and contribute globally. These projects develop critical thinking and analytical skills through the examination of data collected. We will also take time to dip into the well of literature inspired by the natural world. Furthermore, self-expression through word and picture is encouraged through journal entries, introducing youth to the practice of taking field notes.
Youth will share with their peers individual, original, experiment-based Natural Science Projects utilizing the Scientific Method. These will serve as an outlet for youth to pursue, and write about, a science-related inquiry.
Additional math and science-related content that falls outside of the Naturalist scope will also be incorporated.
Group Tutorial III is likely a fit for youth who: are seeking Facilitator-initiated activities (that still, of course, incorporate some ideas and wishes from the youth); show a desire to participate in collaborative/ group activities; are proficient readers; feel comfortable speaking in (non-threatening) group settings; and have a solid conceptual mathematical understanding of division, multiplication, fractions and decimals.
We are strong believers in the value of multi-age/developmental learning opportunities. Different levels of Group Tutorial programs will occasionally work with each other.