The Human Development Program exists to provide Hotchkiss students with a common foundation of knowledge about their own personal development, their choices, and their health and well-being.
About the Courses
Human Development - required for all Lower Mids
- To strengthen students' decision-making skills, helping them to make intelligent and careful choices regarding their physical, mental, and spiritual health.
- To provide a safe forum for discussion and information in which students become more able to think independently and communicate openly.
- To develop respect and understanding for social issues encompassing gender, cultural and personal diversity.
Assistant Teaching of Human Development
- To develop teaching and leadership skills. Being a Teaching Assistant (T.A.) requires seniors to communicate effectively with lower mids on a number of social issues, some very sensitive and that are seldom discussed elsewhere. In this process, the T.A.s are challenged to increase their own knowledge base on Human Development subjects and to form their own positions that will help lead their students by example.
- To develop the ability to work in a team (partnership) using the knowledge of group dynamics and teaching strategies to collaboratively address classroom effectiveness.
- To demonstrate the ability to adapt contextual learning to practical life situations.
- To increase one's understanding of the importance of physical, emotional, and spiritual health for one's own personal growth.