Breath is vital to our existence. It is a staple for our living, a source of connection, and a vital part of our inspiration. The very word “inspire” means “to inhale.” So one could argue that the very means of inspiration comes to us through our breath. Through the taking in of the world around us through the very air we breathe and allowing that to affect and change us. We cannot live without breath. We cannot learn without breath. And we cannot effect change in others; to lead them to new ways of thinking, feeling, or being, without breath.
To prepare for life and leadership in a world that won’t stand still, the Holton curriculum is flexible, nimble, and interdisciplinary.
Because Holton is an independent school, faculty are free to be truly independent—never teaching to the test, shaping their lessons in response to current events, and collaborating with teachers in other departments to offer courses that mirror how the world actually works.
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Over the past several years, Holton has developed and implemented a curriculum that eventually will cover grades 3-12 that we call Seminar. For the 2020-2021 school year grades 3 through 5 and 7 through 10 will take Seminar.
In a developmentally appropriate, spiraling curriculum, Seminar addresses our school-wide Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well Goals:
GOAL 1 - PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
We evaluate and care for our physical, mental, and emotional health.
GOAL 2 - SELF KNOWLEDGE AND IDENTITY
We know the dimensions of our own identity and how it intersects with the identity of others.
GOAL 3 - OPEN-MINDEDNESS AND PERSPECTIVE TAKING
We embrace diverse perspectives.
GOAL 4 - COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION
We connect across differences, develop healthy relationships, and collaborate with one another.
GOAL 5 - CREATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKING
We use critical thinking skills to creatively solve problems.
GOAL 6 - CURIOSITY AND DISCERNMENT
We cultivate curiosity, leverage knowledge, and exercise discernment.
GOAL 7 - LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
We investigate the world and engage actively with local, national, and global communities.
GOAL 8 - SOCIAL JUSTICE
We lead with empathy, courage, and integrity to promote social justice.