As part of their childhood development study, AP® Psychology students observed and engaged with students in the Lower School. Senior kindergarteners taught their Upper School peers about mindfulness, while the third graders eagerly shared family histories and cultural traditions through their beautiful Family History Museum project displays.
Upper School students learned more about the connection between mindfulness and brain development from the senior kindergartners and participated in several mindfulness exercises, one of those being mindful smelling. AP® Psychology students were asked what associations they made with certain smells. A crayon might smell waxy, but what does that smell make them think about?
Throughout these exchanges, Upper Schoolers made observations related to the different childhood development concepts they had studied. “This interaction enabled me to gain deeper understanding of the information that I was learning in the classroom,” said Christine Moser ’18. Students also used this time with the Lower Schoolers to focus on development topics they’d chosen to explore for their independent study projects. “It was especially helpful to be able to personally interact with the younger students and ask them questions to guide our research,” said Evie Mauzé ’17.
AP® Psychology teachers, Aaron Proctor and Diane Gioia, hope to continue this for years to come. “It’s been amazing for our students to be able to observe developmental psychology concepts in action,” Proctor said. “What a great opportunity for learning for everyone involved!”