The Middle School at Living Wisdom School Seattle helps students develop intellectual skills, but and also supports them in developing other important skills and faculties critical to living a life of depth and meaning.
Curriculum: Strong Academics and more
Living Wisdom Middle School provides a solid grounding in all subjects, including social studies, mathematics, language arts, the sciences, and art as outlined in our Curriculum Map. But we offer even more than academics – our holistic approach to education emphasizes experiential learning, inner development, and practical skills for living such as concentration, self-discipline and compassion.
We endeavor to show connections between subject areas, and also their relevance in students’ lives. We also encourage students to learn to be self-reliant, yet collaborative; rational, yet emotionally attuned; and strong-willed, yet compassionate. Ultimately, our goal is to provide them with the opportunity to realize their full potential as whole beings – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
The Will Years
Education for Life teaches that children progress through 4 Stages of Maturity during which there is a natural emphasis to their development.
There is an obvious connection between will power and the teenage years; unfortunately, it is usually viewed as a time of generational power struggle. Education for Life recognizes that the development of will power is emphasized from the ages of 12 to 18 but sees will power as a quality that allows people to bring their hopes and ideas into manifestation. Therefore, an important aspect of the Living Wisdom Middle School is giving students opportunities for positive expression of will, for example, service projects that help others or the environment, field trips that challenge students with exploration, and choices in daily decisions in the curriculum and classroom where possible.
Living Wisdom Middle School provides a supportive environment in which each student is encouraged to engage their will to reach their own highest potential, both academically and socially, and to go beyond self-imposed limitations, rather than simply compete with others. The classroom provides opportunities for one-on-one mentoring, as well as group lessons and collaborative projects which encourage the development of skills in cooperation and leadership. Meditation and other centering practices foster in students a strong inner sense of themselves and the ability to make decisions in life from internal motivation, rather than peer pressure and to have the courage to act from a sense of what is right and for the highest good of all.
As students study different topics, they also explore ways that they can engage their will in concrete ways to make a difference – such as helping to improve the environmental, service to disadvantaged populations, caring for animals, writing letters to public figures or lawmakers, or helping one’s own school and community. Students and their teachers choose at least one project each term to collaborate on, applying their will and energy in a positive way to improve the world around them.
With this kind of training, students gain the confidence that they can work with life in constructive and expansive ways.
LWS Seattle Middle School incorporates the following characteristics:
- Connecting information to real life experiences
- Encouraging collaboration between students
- Fostering holistic thinking and creativity
- Engaging students’ feelings along with their intellects
- Incorporating strategies which make learning easier
- Offering learning that is both individualized as well as group oriented
- Acknowledging different learning styles in lesson presentation
- Developing the will in a positive, dynamic and expansive way
- Encouraging inner practices to tune into one’s highest potential