Mount Carmel School offers mini-courses


Camping, weaving, dying T-shirts. These are just a few of the dozens of alternative courses that were taught this past week at Mount Carmel School as part of Mini-Course Week. In its 20th year at the school, Mini-Course Week gives junior high and high school teachers and students a chance to take a break from traditional academic instruction and dabble in hobbies and interests that engage students in hands-on learning.

For Junior Brianna Hunter, this year’s mini-courses gave her a chance not just to learn something new, but to also share what she knows. In particular, she signed up for two sections of Crocheting as a teacher aide. As she said, “I already know how to do it, but it’s an outlet for me, an opportunity to teach something that I know and love alongside a teacher.” When asked about mini-courses in general, Hunter said, “I really like the whole concept of mini-courses because it allows students to find things that may turn into great hobbies, and allows them to discover things they probably didn’t know they could do.”

For 7th grade student, Tivana Torres, this was her first time taking a mini-course. Referring to the How to Make Coconut Candy Mini-Course, she said, “I didn’t know how to before, but we learned how to make coconut candy.” She added that the mini-courses have been fun for several reasons. “It’s great to see everyone cooperating with each other, and it’s how students get to do fun things with their teachers and students from other grades.”

Mini-Course Week featured a wide array unique courses, including Survival Skills, Cooking, How to Make Rosete Cookies, and Introduction to College Admissions. (PR)

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