|CONNECT student to student, student to faculty, student to community!
Patriot Path was initiated in early August of the 2016-17 school year and is held every Wednesday from 1:07-2:02. This is a time for students and teachers to de-stress, and it allows for many student-to-student, student-to-faculty, and student-to-community connections to occur. Hopefully, some global connections can be established as well. Students can choose the path/session they want from multiple options offered each week. Some sessions will continually be offered weekly and others will come and go; however, each week a new session is presented for students to choose from. Whether the students are leading sessions or are choosing sessions of interest, there is much excitement surrounding Patriot Path. The opportunities are endless as we bring students, faculty, and community together through a wide variety of activities that foster relationship building, creativity, communication skills, and so much more. We know this is a positive experience for our students based on their feedback; however, research conducted supports what we hope to achieve as well. One study showed that students who participated in student-centered learning/play had higher self esteems and lower anxiety than their peers who were not able to exert their locus of control with regard to choices about learning activities (Post, 1999).
Each week multiple sessions, or "Paths" are offered. Sessions are led by teachers, students, admin, faculty, and community members. Mrs. Lambert shares her thoughts about this new opportunity for students, "Whether the students are leading sessions or are choosing sessions of interest, there is much excitement surrounding Patriot Path. The opportunities are endless as we bring students, faculty, and community together with a wide variety of activities that foster relationship building, creativity, communication skills, and so much more."
On Wednesday, August 10 our teachers met with their homerooms and introduced Patriot Path to the students. This allowed students the opportunity to sign up for sessions for August 17.
Coach Runnion shared with his homeroom how “Patriot Path is a huge opportunity to do something different”.
Coach Patterson discussed the “power of connections” that can take place during Patriot Path.
Coach Jefferson encouraged the students to make an authentic choice each week, “be someone you haven’t been before by doing something you haven’t done before”.
Mrs. Springer ask her students “How can you best yourself?”.
We want the students to think about how they can constantly best themselves which in turn will impact others. We believe Patriot Path encourages this and create connections as well as leaders.
Our Instructional Partner, Mary Oliver, spoke with our students about different options they chose. “It was great to see the students as they made their choices for the first session. With so many options, there was something for everyone.” Connor Grant chose Ping Pong, and Suzie Glover chose Sign Language. Johnathan Hampton chose Greenhouse Work because he loves to grow plants as a hobby. Thomas Oliver plans to attend a session about the business side of sports led by Coach Elwell. Thomas says, “This is a subject I'm very interested in, but it's not offered as a class. I hope to learn more about it during Patriot Path.”
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