Knights Way looks to change lessons

Knights Way lessons are taking on new ideas under new leadership of social workers Joe Alger and Jenny Andersen.Knights Way lessons are taking on new ideas under new leadership of social workers Joe Alger and Jenny Andersen. Their first step in designing lessons was the survey that they had students and staff fill out during the last lesson. “The Knights Ways lessons help to address issues that are not in included in academic courses, all ranging from social to emotional subjects,” Alger said. The current 14 minute time space that’s dedicated for interaction is crucial in order to discuss the topic at hand. “My hope during this time is for classrooms to really collaborate and be able to share ideas with personal experiences,” Andersen said. “Even though some teenagers are introverted, we’re hoping this provides a safe space in order for everyone to participate.”  The faculty has debated about creating a homeroom that will expand the timeframe that could potentially lead to longer lessons.  “I think that changing the schedule to create a homeroom would be worth it,” said sophomore Kelli Tosic. “We rarely discuss the videos due to a small amount of time. Having 20 or so minutes to work the video and actually talk about what we are watching is worth it to me.” The survey provides insight to what appeals to students and how to start making effective videos.  “What we saw from the survey was students wanting more knowledge about getting jobs, mental health, and college opportunities,” Andersen said. Realistically, the staff expects that not every lesson will make such an impact as they would hope. “Honestly, I expect it. Sometimes we share lessons and students don’t receive it well. Our goal from there is to keep rolling,” Alger said. Inspiration for these lessons can derive from various aspects, whether it be from current events to building character. “We also like to share tips to help benefit students throughout the school year, especially resources within our school and dealing with stress,” Andersen said. This survey helps the communication between the staff and students become more efficient and clear. “I would like to see more lessons on how to build character and spread positivity throughout North,” Tosic said. Alger and Andersen are open to the idea of creating a committee that is inclusive to students to help plan these lessons. “A committee led by students would help because they’d be able to make what they want to happen,” Andersen said.