Two of the most unique things about SAMI, SOTA and IDEA are the annual Miniterm and Microterm classes!
Our workshop classes are a powerful way to increase engagement with special time devoted to creative, project-based opportunities. We start with great relationships to fully understand the interests and passions of our community. Creative curriculum design helps our students deepen their understanding of particular standards, usually across disciplines. In the links to the left, you'll find the most recent Mini-term (January) and Micro-term (June), and Adventures & Applications (Friday afternoons) course descriptions. While some are repeated, most are created new each year.
Interests, passions and goal setting are crucial when supporting a student's selection of a particular workshop class. Course registration, based on the student's top five interests, ideally will match goals in areas of strengths (enrichment) and challenge (intervention) to the student's conferencing goals supported by the mentor and family.
For example- Martin gets all As in his his science classes and struggles in his humanities courses, often earning Ds because of a lack of focus in reading that is causing disinterest. He doesn't see himself as a reader. Martin's mentor, along with his family, would support his goal of developing his ability to read. He could sign up for the MAKE physics class, but it might be wiser to support his prioritization of a humanities-based course that was taught by a cross-disciplinary team of humanities and science like the Gastronomy course. The intervention for Martin would be the reading opportunities to develop stamina around science readings and the enrichment would be deepening his love of science in a hands-on chemistry course all about cooking.
Staff develop these courses for Friday afternoons (Adventures and Applications), January (Mini-term) for about 15-17 days and the last week of school in June (Micro-term). When developing a course, staff are asked to identify standards matched to their professional expertise (endorsements), student interests, passions and needs, their own interests and creativity and most important- areas of intervention and enrichment for our community. Each course should have an element of intervention to remediate skills and enrichment to deepen skills differentiate and integrate opportunities for our students.