First-Ever GOA Flex-Course Introduced in Middle School

by Jamie Bryant, Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications
Eight grade students have recently completed their first-ever Global Online Academy (GOA) course titled, “Growth, Grit, and Gratitude”. While the Upper School offers a plethora of classes from Computer Science to Abnormal Psychology, GOA courses have previously not been available for Middle School students.
“This course ties in beautifully with our Cavalier Way themes of Character, Community, Excellence, and Service,” said Donna Burns, 8th Grade Geography Teacher & Advisor.

“I really liked the concept of learning with people all over the nation, really the world. There was a great sense of community,” said 8th grade student, Thomas Siachos.
The two-week course, the first in a four-part series, is designed to help students develop an educational toolbox by providing them with tools and strategies to use when faced with a challenge, and explore strategies to change the way they think, to affect how they feel and act. This course is framed around three concepts: growth, grit, and gratitude.

Another student in the class, 
William Jennings, stated, “We learned about gratitude and being grateful for what we have, and strategies to face challenges in life.”
Throughout the course, students explored and developed their ideas of what it means to live life with purpose, to have a sense of power over how they think and feel, and the ability to create and sustain a sense of well-being. In doing so, they also interacted with professors and other students from around the world, empowering them to thrive in a globally networked society, the premise on which the GOA is built upon.
Click here for more information on the Global Online Academy at CCES.
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