Middle School Learning Seminar
Growing with positive thinking.
The mission of the Learning Seminar course is to empower middle school students to achieve academic success by teaching the benefits of having a positive mindset, using strategies to learn, and engaging in self-reflection. Using Carol Dweck’s research promoting a positive mindset and incorporating components of the Brainology program, students become aware of their own ability to grow as learners and take ownership of their education. In addition, the MS Academic Support office has chosen the SMARTS program to teach students about the importance of executive functioning in learning.
This interactive program, developed by researchers at Harvard’s School of Education, will teach learning strategies directly and explicitly through the Learning Seminar. Students will develop the necessary organizational, self-advocacy, time management, planning, self-monitoring, and study skills to meet the intellectual and emotional demands of their educational journey. Mastery of the SMARTs curriculum will be reviewed through teacher assessment and student reflection. It is our hope that students will understand which strategies work best for their individual learning styles, and will feel confident in using these tools throughout their educational experience at Menlo and beyond.