Winterim 2017Winterim 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 2018 catalog, listing this year's course offerings, is posted online (PDF at right). You will also find the 2018 Winterim Intro and Sign-up Forms here.

Note: Individual programs are subject to change.

The Winterim program is an opportunity to explore a broader 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 knowledge of their own.

For a more historical perspective, check out the 2017, 2016, and 2015 Winterim Blogs (posted together below). You may also view 2014, 2013, the 2012 Winterim Photo Gallery, and the 2011 Winterim Blog.

Our hashtag on social media is #LAWinterim.


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Day 1: Winterim 2017

By Junior Saldanha '18

Groton, MA -- Day 1 of Winterim started slow this morning, but that didn’t stop the LA Winterim News Team.

We started off by going to our local wise man, Mr. Scheibe, and asked what exactly is his favorite part about Winterim, to which he stated that he most enjoyed seeing “everybody coming together, but at the same time ready to go on to about a thousand different directions.”

LA's head of school then added that, “My favorite part is doing something different in a calculated organized way.”

We then asked what Winterim he would have chosen if he were a student at LA, Mr. Scheibe stated, “Quilting would be the on-campus one, because it really gets into your experience and hyper focus right here in a small sort of artful way.

“[For the off-campus] I would go to the Galapagos, because it’s an adventure and it’s obviously something I know very little about.”

Asked whether he thought those two Winterims really exemplified the idea of “something different in a calculated organized way” he responded, “In any of those Winterims I think a student could experience something sort of quiet and subtle.

"Something that almost sort of makes them uncomfortable in a way.”

We thanked Mr.Scheibe and made our rounds to check on the Winterims.

Initially it was a slow morning, because people were just getting started; Winterim leaders took the time to explain what to expect throughout the next two weeks and asked the students questions to get an insight on what they know about their chosen subject.

Moments later we started to see what Scheibe meant by Winterim being something that would make them uncomfortable in way because it was away from the classroom environment

We also asked students what they were doing for Winterim and why they picked their experiences.

Some students admitted that they picked their Wnterim based on what their parents wanted and other said that they were just interested in learning what that specific Winterim was about, but one thing that they all had in common was -- despite the confidence they might claim to have -- they were all nervous for what their Winterim was going to become.

As we entered every different Winterim we noticed that some students looked a little awkward in a way since they didn’t exactly know what they were meant to do, and that’s probably why some kids were so reluctant on answering why they chose their Winterim.

Students are so used to sitting down in a class room and listening to teachers; they’ve become comfortable with that environment.

Now that their taken out of their comfort zone they just feel odd and out of place, which forces them to adapt and learn.

Which is pretty much the point of Winterim, no?

More later...

Posted by John Bishop on Monday March, 6, 2017

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