Group IV is a two-day program, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, providing time for the teens to delve deeply into activities and projects. Strong emphasis is placed on development of effective communication skills—in oral, written and computational form. Special attention is given to this age with a focus on providing teens with the tools necessary to continue making healthy and educated decisions as they develop into autonomous young adults. This program fosters the expectation that youth at this age are becoming increasingly responsible for creating their own positive Partnership Education experiences.
Over the course of the two days, youth will be exposed to the whole spectrum of Multiple Intelligences. On Tuesdays the focus is on the humanities, current events, collaborative group activities and problem-solving skills. Youth will complete a Comprehensive Project that incorporates a written component in addition to a TED Talk style presentation. Emphasis is placed on writing as a process, and youth will craft multiple drafts. Program time directed toward the Comprehensive Projects is reserved for topic and thesis creation, the development of research and writing skills, and the scripting of the TED Talk. Therefore, it is important to note that the majority of research and written work related to the Comprehensive Projects will occur outside of program time.
On Thursdays the focus will be on math and science. Mathematical development includes essential skills, problem solving and logical thinking. Youth will also develop core science competencies in our fully-equipped lab and inquiry skills through their exploration of the natural world. Teens will be exposed to a variety of disciplines such as life, physical and chemical sciences. They will also engage in creating and conducting independent research that they will present at a Science Expo at Open Connections. Youth will be exposed to working in Google Sheets and will continue to develop their understanding of statistical operations, graphing, and data tables. The inquiry-based format of this program fosters the development of hypothesis-testing, critical thinking, and understanding experimental design. Unlike younger Group programs, the bulk of the Group IV Expo work will be completed during program time.
Group IV 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 in basic mathematical operations, including long division and multiple-digit multiplication; demonstrate ability to follow and contribute to oral discussions and debates; show ability to write proficiently for communication; handle peer challenges directly; and seek Facilitator support or guidance whenever deemed necessary. Youth in this program have the opportunity to demonstrate increasing maturity and self-management as they prepare for the significant degree of independent and self-directed learning that takes place in the Shaping Your Life program.
We are strong believers in the value of multi-age/developmental learning opportunities. Group IV participants will often join the Shaping Your Life group members for lunch and outdoor games and team-building challenges.