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 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.
By Rebecca Magee '18
Groton, MA -- Today is the first day of Winterim and the beginning of many different learning opportunities.
Joao Saldanha, a junior here at Lawrence Academy, is a part of the Winterim News Team, a Winterim group responsible for covering all of the different Winterim activities happening on campus (and beyond...).
Their job is to compose posts for various LA's social media sites, write blogs for the Lawrence Academy website, capture videos for Youtube, and take photos.
Today, Joao was mainly responsible for interviewing fellow students and teachers on video, a task he has never performed before.
When asked how the day went, he responded, "I was kind of scared to be in front of the camera. Asking people questions [on camera] has always appeared so awkward to me."
As his new teammates on the #WinterimNewsTeam were curious to find out if what Joao thought interviewing people was going to be like was how it actually went for him today.
"I found out that sometimes you have set strict boundaries on how you do things," he said. "For example, I am normally a pretty energetic person so I like to move around a lot and tap my feet, but on camera you can't do that because it would be distracting.
"But, I didn't expect it to be as fun as it was."
We went on to ask about how many people Joao has interviewed.
"Around eight, I think," he said and we couldn't help but wonder if, even in the limited experience he has had interviewing people, that Joao has already seen an improvement in his interviewing skills.
"I think so," He responded and explained for his first few interviews he stayed to the script he prepared ahead of time, and only asked the questions he had written down prior to the interview. He then realized that he could ask questions based on the interviewees answers.
As the day wound down, and despite his nerves beforehand, Joao, when asked if he would interview more people during the remainder of Winterim, responded with an excited "definitely".
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