Winterim is the centerpiece of Lawrence Academy's commitment to immersive education -- learning in the concrete and physical world of activity as a complement to learning in the vicarious and symbol-filled world of traditional classrooms. The 2017 catalog, listing this year's course offerings, is posted online (PDF at right, ISSUU is here). Note: Individual programs are subject to change.
The Winterim program is an opportunity to explore a wider range of subjects and skills than is otherwise possible in a regular classroom. In that spirit, student reporters assist the LA communications staff in covering their classmates experiences, while gaining some experience of their own.
For a more historical perspective, check out the 2016 and 2015 Winterim Blogs (posted together below). You may also view our students' 2014 Winterim Blog here, 2013 Winterim Blog, the 2012 Winterim Photo Gallery, and the 2011 Winterim Blog.
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Day 3: Checkmate...
By Becca Magee '18
Groton, MA -- Brian Underhill '19 wasn't exactly sure what to expect from his Winterim, Chess.
However, even after only the first day, he could tell this it's going to be a very enjoyable learning experience and said he is looking forward to the next couple of weeks.
This particular Winterim's purpose is not just to teach students how to play chess, although the participants do gain that skill. Chess looks to increase a player's ability to think both strategically and tactically.
The player has to remain aware of the options, variations, threats and potential attacks that exist in every chess position, which hones the student's perceptive abilities and memory.
Although having these particular skills in the game of chess would be very helpful if you wanted to say "checkmate" at any point, the main take-away of this Winterim is the fact that there are many parallels that can be drawn between the skills needed to excel in chess and the skills needed to succeed in life.
Learning how to and playing chess for two weeks isn't for everyone, but it certainly is for Brian, who informed us that this Winterim was "one of his top picks."
When further talking with Brian, the sophomore explained that prior to this week, "some people said things like, 'oh chess won't be that much fun', but I have actually been enjoying myself a lot."
When asked if he has learned anything after the first day, Brian is quick to point out that he has, "learned what a 'Fools Mate' is, the new rules, and many other things that [he] didn't know before about chess."
A 'Fools Mate', also known as a 'Two-Move Checkmate', is the checkmate in the fewest number of moves from the start of the game.
It seems like Brian Underhill, even after only one day of instruction, is already on his way to being able to say "checkmate".
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