Shared Worlds Camp Schedule

Sunday, July 16, 2017 Half Day Begins after lunch
Saturday, July 29, 2017 World Presentation Fair (camp ends after lunch)

Typical Day
0730-0840 Breakfast in Burwell
0845-0855 Olin Theater. Students sit with sections, check in with instructors
0900-1000 Classroom instruction- entire program
1000-1050  World Groups meet for Creative Group Time
1050-1100 Mid-morning break
1100-1210 Creative Group Time
1210-1250 Lunch in Burwell Dining Hall
1300-1430 Creative Group Time (focus on individual writing)
1440-1700 Activities with RAs
1700-1730 Students on halls with RAs
1730-1900 Dinner in Burwell Dining Hall
1900-2030 Creative Group Time (in World Groups led by TAs)
2030-2200 Social Time outdoors around Pavilion
2200-2300 Students on halls. Hall meetings
2300 Lights out

Creative Group Time: This is time when each group, the TA and the teacher get together to work on their world. It is important that each group have their own "space" and that they have some room to spread out and get their hands "dirty." Skills focused on: group work, creative problem-solving, individual problem-solving, individual creativity, one-on-one with instructor, and general assimilation and application of material learned during academic time.

Classroom Instruction:
This is time when students will be given instruction that they can directly apply to the building of their worlds. For instance, they will hear about history, religion, and science. All students will meet during this time for academic instruction. The exact nature of these periods will vary from lecture to laboratory experiment. Skills focused on: retention of knowledge, experiential learning, active listening, and inquiry.

Flexible Programming: This is time that may include anything from experiential learning activities to guest speakers.

Entertainment Activities: This is time that features a range of activities including movie marathons, games,etc.

Special Programming:
This is time that focuses on extended activities.

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