CONTEMPORARY & COLLABORATIVE
The Arts in Rivers and Revolutions focus on skills characteristic of contemporary art, which value process over product and expand creative thinking through immersive experiences. Students practice being flexible, adaptive and resourceful problem solvers. They apply divergent and convergent thinking strategies and build confidence in their ability to create original and innovative artistic solutions, both as individuals and as a group. How might the arts depict and explain the past and present world in which we live? How might the arts help us envision and imagine the future?
PLACE & PERSONHOOD
English in Rivers and Revolutions focuses on skills associated with close reading, journaling, narrative construction, creative and analytical writing, and public speaking. Students explore and create course content such as short stories, poetry, essays, and philosophical writing. Skill development and content selection follow the thematic arc of the semester, leading to expansive questions. How and why are metaphors so powerful in self-reflection and storytelling? How might walking and being in nature deepen our literacy and communication skills?
Math in Rivers and Revolutions focuses on observing and understanding mathematical patterns that exist in our lives and the natural world. Students develop greater numeracy by engaging in strategic analysis, problem solving, and the iterative process of engineering design challenges. How can we understand our world through mathematics? How is life here on earth impacted by the sun’s daily and annual path through the sky? How might personal finances and economics relate to larger patterns of migration and demographics?
EARTH SYSTEMS &
Science in Rivers and Revolutions focuses on skills associated with “systems thinking”. Students study and explore our watershed and the glaciation that created it, while observing the life that has taken root in Concord and the soil that supports it. Students investigate how past choices with regard to resources and energy are impacting life today, while problem solving for a better local and global environment, and engaging in environmental action through personal choices and civic engagement. How do we develop a sensitivity to the circular nature of the world we live in? What are the structures that create the conditions we face? What are the less obvious consequences of our actions?
RR SOCIAL STUDIES:
Social Studies in Rivers and Revolutions focuses on skills associated with “real world” civic engagement including research, critical evaluation of sources, analytical reading, questioning of underlying assumptions, synthesizing material across sources, developing empathy for the “other,” written persuasion, and oral advocacy. What skills and capacities does one person need to learn and practice in order to responsibly influence or persuade another? How do we learn to individually and socially engage with the issues of our time?