In mid-May, grade 7 students, on the threshold of reaching their much-anticipated “senior status” at the middle school, participated in some special activities alongside their advisors.
“We were very fortunate to have had facilitators from Synergy Learning Systems, a team and leadership development company who works with clients worldwide, here to guide and direct us all through many interesting activities,” recalled Cindy Ellis, middle school head.
Synergy Learning Systems has worked with many of Silicon Valley’s largest companies, as well as with startups, nonprofits and student groups. They use fun and challenging activities paired with thoughtful facilitation to promote learning in leadership and communication, reported Ellis.
The Harker middle school students were encouraged to participate in a series of experiential learning exercises designed to foster their understanding of many different styles of leadership and communication. During these activities, students were asked to engage fully, step outside their comfort zone to promote growth and reflect on each activity to highlight key concepts.
“One of Synergy’s core values is the mantra ‘challenge by choice.’ Though we asked all students to participate fully, they individually determined how to engage with these activities while taking care not to detract from other students’ learning,” said Ellis.
After an informative morning of activities, the students enjoyed a celebratory Mexican lunch fiesta while Ellis discussed what it would be like to become members of the middle school’s senior class. Students were then invited to relax and enjoy a movie, as well as engage in a fun “selfie” station, complete with props.
“The day was enriching and fun – just like eighth grade will be for this exceptional class!” said Ellis.