Winter Term is an intense, three-week, one-topic course of study held each January. The goal of Winter Term is to put into practice the concept of “depth over breadth,” something that supports the school’s mission of providing the most meaningful educational experiences Brooks students will have. The single-course structure of Winter Term allows students and faculty to work together even more closely than they do in regular classes.
|That's a Wrap|
Winter Term classes come to a close; students and faculty reflect on a month of experiential learning.
Students' work graces the storefront window of Newbury Street Anthropologie.
|What's Your Story?|
Students taking a genealogy class are learning all about their own stories and families.
|Change of Pace|
Students learning how to care for their minds, bodies, hearts and souls.
|Laugh Out Loud|
Students are learning how to stand-up and deliver the jokes during their Winter Term class.
Former NHL star Mike Milbury visits class to talk about contemporary sports.
|Winter Term Begins|
Jazz, boat-building, genealogy and more: The school's second Winter Term kicks off today.
Check out last year's photos
Peruse the photos from the Winter Term 2013 classes here
See the offerings
Check out the Winter Term 2014 course catalog here
How does Winter Term work?
For starters, the Brooks faculty produced a master list of course proposals. The course concepts are the result of faculty brainstorming that’s focused on three different kinds of classes: experiential, topical and approach-based. Teachers were asked to dream big — in other words, “Think of your dream teaching moment; given boundless time and resources, what would you really like to teach?” And then, “How can we adjust that to fit the Winter Term model?”
In the fall, students were asked to sign up. Each class has it's own requirements, daily expectations and meeting times, however most of the Winter Term courses place an emphasis on collaborative teaching.
To create time in the school calendar for Winter Term, final exams for first-semester courses were moved to before the holiday break in December. Second semester won’t start until February — leaving January open for a month’s worth of Winter Term courses.Winter Term archive
to check out our photo and video galleries of the Winter Term 2012 experience.