Another one of Wausau EGL’s three pillars of curriculum delivery is teacher-led instruction. Although this concept sounds like a traditional school, EGL is anything but traditional during teacher-led seminars or workshops. First, what is a seminar or workshop?
Seminars at EGL are month-long classes that are 90 minutes every day. The key to seminars is the blend of multiple subjects into each seminar. Oftentimes, there are teachers that team-teach courses. Some examples of previously taught seminars are:
- Trashed (a study on trash and its impacts Social Studies/Science/Math)
- The Great Bridge (a study of the Brooklyn Bridge Engineering/Science/English-book)
- Robotics (a hands on to building and programming robots Engineering/Electronics/English-reports)
- India (a study of India emphasizing the global impact Social Studies/Science).
When thinking of these seminars, it is easy to see how English meets Math or how Science blends with Social Studies.
Workshops are skill-based, miniature classes. These workshops are also month-long courses and are held every day, but for only 30 minutes each day. Sometimes the workshops are completed in a day and others last a couple of weeks. Inventor (Computer Aided Drafting), Shakespeare, and Dissection are examples of some workshops that have been offered. Some workshops are required but others are optional.
The interdisciplinary approach to teacher led courses enhances real life connections. No longer are you wondering why you are learning something, but instead, how can you apply it.