Week two of Forman Summer 2016 has been action-packed. The theme this week is “Assist Yourself,” so students have explored the different ways they can help themselves reach their goals and be successful in and out of school. Teachers introduced a variety of assistive strategies such as setting phone reminders, spell check, and choosing to sit away from friends who might be a distraction during dorm meetings.
On Wednesday, Forman teachers Tammy Diehl and Christin Bass held an assistive technology workshop. Students were introduced to Livescribe Smartpen, SnapType, Read&Write extensions for Chrome, voice dictation and Text-to Speech, Read2Go, and MyScript Calculator. Forman students and alumni showed summer students the apps and programs, giving them the opportunity to try out these assistive options.
On Thursday evening, Forman School Director of Ingenuity Chris Ford spoke to the summer students about the Ingenuity Program. This unique program allows our students to pursue a passion and talent that is outside of a traditional high school curriculum. Students take advantage of their learning difference(s) by creating a student-centered, teacher-supported learning platform. For bright students who learn differently, it is important to provide challenge, encouragement, and structure while celebrating the many possible paths to success.
This weekend, 10 students will head out to a camping site on the Appalachian Trail with certified guide and Forman Science Teacher Wendy Welshans. She promises beautiful scenery, healthy hiking, and delicious food. On Saturday, those not camping will go to Hammonasset State Park Beach. In the evening, there will be a ping pong tournament and a trip to the local ice cream parlors. On Sunday, there will be trip to a local cattle farm. There, they will learn about farm life, go on a hay ride, and explore this beautiful area of Connecticut. The other options for the day include river walking and fishing, high ropes challenge, or climbing wall, and a 3x3 basketball tournament.
Finally, Pokemon Go is officially part of Forman Summer 2016. I have learned that we have quite a few Evees hiding here on campus as well as a Squirtle or two. Students have had a great time walking around together during free time trying to “catch ’em all.” Live Action Role Play or LARPing is a popular new afternoon activity and next week we will introduce a cooking option.