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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 2: Talking With Ms. Ruby

Ms. Ruby

By Junior Saldanha '18

Groton, MA -- Day 2 of Winterim started off strong, so the LA Winterim News Team sprung into action right away (at 8:00 a.m.) - while many teams were still eating breakfast!

Staring in the Dining Hall, we tried to visit each group and interviewed three faculty members and three students; all as we gathered background video footage and photos from multiple programs.

Along the way, we interviewed Ms. Ruby -- who went to LA -- and asked her about her time at Lawrence Academy and how did running a Winterim as a faculty member compare to attending one as a student.

“Running a Winterim is way harder because you actually have to plan stuff," she said. "You’re in charge of a lot of other people and depending on what your doing it’s a little more nerve wracking.”

Ms. Ruby, who is running the Warm and Wooly knitting Winterim added, "It’s fun I still thoroughly enjoy it, but planning and running is much harder than doing.”

Asked what parallels she saw between her time attending a Winterim as a student and what the students are experiencing right now, Ms. Ruby thought a moment and said, "in many cases even if the actual courses change, a lot of the themes stay the same.

“So, there’s usually service trips, courses that are skills based, art based, personal challenge.

"It’s a lot of the same ideas,” she said.

We asked her if there were any distinct differences between her time as a student and now, she laughed knowinglyl and said, “the phone issue was not an issue when I was a student, because [smart] phones didn’t exist.

"So, it was like, 'Yep, you're away so the only thing you needed was a phone card so you can use a payphone.'

“Now, it’s a big issue because kids are on their phone all the time, so it makes it harder for them to be 'present' in their Winterim,” she said.

As a result, many leaders ask for, and hold their students' smart phones or instruct them to turn them off.

Finally, we wondered aloud what Winterim did she find most enjoyable when she was a student. The alum stated that, “the favorite one I did was backpacking in the Grand Canyon what Mr. J.”

She added that on Mr. Johnson's Winterim, “the first week we were actually backpacking in the Grand Canyon -- like we were physically in the Grand Canyon -- so we flew down that Monday and from Tuesday to Friday we spent tenting.”

As the Winterim News Team, today, what we found most interesting, was hearing Ms. Ruby explain how the basics of the program remain the same.,

As Ms. Rudy said, despite the course changes and changing times, LA has successfully kept the tradition of Winterim alive and have tried to keep it as close to its roots as possible.

We’re glad to see Ms. Ruby (and others) continuing the Winterim tradition as a teacher!

Posted by John Bishop in Story on Tuesday March, 7, 2017

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