The Life, Leadership, and Learning (LLL) class will help students learn how to identify and improve their communication, interpersonal, critical thinking, and decision-making skills. We will begin by training students to discriminate among facts, opinions, and beliefs, as they identify their core values. Students will examine the different representations of teens in media and the intersection of cultural, societal, and peer norms. Our goals include: teaching students appropriate ways to disagree in person and online, respect for individual differences and self, critical thinking skills when faced with ethical dilemmas. Students will create and communicate core values statements, complete a character skill survey, role-play scenarios in peer leadership, utilize their abilities and affinities to be effective learners, and become more vested members of the communities to which they belong.
Built in to LLL class is a curriculum designed to emphasize health, wellness, and informed decision making surrounding many issues young teenagers face. At an
age-appropriate and grade-appropriate level, students learn about puberty and human development, substance abuse issues, aspects of healthy relationships, sexuality, and identity.
With all topics and units, the emphasis will be on social- emotional learning. Flexibility is built into the schedule to dovetail with the Advisory Program, Human Growth and Development topics, and any emergent issues in the school community.