The Glencoe Study Center, in its effort to motivate 12th graders, nurture their habits of scholarship, deepen their learning and self-knowledge, and equip them with the skills they will need to flourish in the world beyond high school offers a dynamic and engaging program called the Senior Seminar.
Twelfth graders have arrived at a momentous transition that for all practical purposes marks the end of childhood. The enormity of the change they are about to experience cannot be over emphasized. For many, this means moving beyond the familiar world of home, school, and community. For others, it may mean staying close to home, yet the rules of the game have changed. They are all about to enter an adult world that typically brings an end to life as they have known it.
Despite the fact that many seniors may envision that they will be in college or in the workplace, the truth is they have virtually no clear idea of what that future landscape looks like. They can foresee only the dimmest outlines of where they will be living, what they will be doing, and with whom they will be interacting. This makes the senior year dramatically different and more challenging than any other previous school year. Although the significance of this transition year might seem overwhelming, most 12th graders are ready to move forward when they have the appropriate support and guidance.
Senior Seminar seeks to focus twelfth graders’ attention on the importance of the final year of high school and provide them with an opportunity to gain valuable perspectives and skills that will assist them to negotiate deliberately the inherent challenges that await them.
Strong desire for increased independence
Interest in developing skills connected with independent living
Concern for the future and one’s role in life
Interest in identifying career paths
Desire to explore personal interests and develop relevant skills
Sense of identity and voice
Concern for others/connection to community
Ability to set goals and follow through
Capacity for constructive risk-taking
The seminar is an interactive workshop that features a variety of strategies for engaged learning such as multi-media presentations, lively discussions, small and large group activities, individual reflection, creative writing, role playing, etc. The facilitators endeavor to provide a safe and trusting environment in which all participants can feel comfortable in exploring the topics addressed in a spirit of cooperation and camaraderie.
Senior Seminar are typically conducted over three sessions, each approximately an hour in length. However, depending on the time allotted the workshop can be modified to suit the specific needs and availability of the participants.
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