"Some of the most important work done by Middle School faculty is to use the curriculum as a means to teach the skills necessary for life-long academic success."

– John Gifford, Assistant Head of School & Head of Middle School

Personal Development

Middle School Academics

Nobles is committed to nurturing the intellectual as well as the emotional, social, and psychological development of its students. Through a series of courses required of all students in Classes VI through III, the Personal Development curriculum is designed to provide a clearer understanding of self as well as an understanding of the role and responsibility of the individual in relation to the Nobles community and society at large. The courses present factual information and facilitate open discussions about issues such as ethical decision-making, various factors that contribute to identity formation, mental and physical health, sexual education, mindfulness and other proactive strategies to enhance well-being, and much more. The goal of these courses is to provide students with a platform to discuss important topics and to assist in developing an informed and deliberate decision-making process.

Personal Development V and VI | Full Year
Required For: Class VI

The Middle School Personal Development curriculum covers a wide range of topics to help students better understand themselves and others.   The weekly lessons will guide students to make healthy decisions while developing empathy toward the perspectives of others.  Each class will begin with a moment of gratitude and a mindfulness activity to help students to manage stress and find balance in their lives.  The Class VI and V PD curricula include units on community building, identity, relationships, mental and physical health, puberty and sex education, overcoming obstacles, and goal setting. An essential goal of this course is to nurture every student's well-being, self-confidence and ability to express his or her ideas.

Class VI

I. Community Building

   1-Getting to know you/overview of year/ ground rules/ introducing mindfulness

   2- Impact vs. intent, competition vs. cooperation 

   3-Getting to know you/ team building activities 

II.  Identity

   4- Introduction to Identity

   5-Gender and gender bias

   6- Gender part 2 (the spectrum of gender and transgender identities)

   7- Race and Racism-  brief history of racism video

   8- Race and Racism part 2

   9- Class-  Class definition, budgeting activity

   10- Class- Pair share, discussion, video about housing/class

   11- Sexual Orientation 

   12- Sexual Orientation part 2

III.  Relationships:

   14.  Family relationships 

   15.  Peer relationships 

   16.  Cyber safety/Cyber Bullying

   17.  Digital citizenship 

   18.  Communication Styles in Relationships 

IV Puberty and Sex Education

   19. Romantic Relationships, Understanding Consent in relationships

   20.  Scenarios (Students act out situations involving relationships and decision making)

   21.  Introduction to Reproductive Anatomy

   22. Puberty

   23. Puberty and Hygiene

   24. Question and Answer about Puberty and Reproductive System

V.  Mental and Physical Health

   25.  Stress (learning effective tools to manage)

   26. Healthy Emotions and Understanding Depression 

   27.  Healthy Eating and Healthy Sleep:  The importance of healthy habits

VI.  Overcoming Obstacles

   28.  Making Mistakes, Learning from them, Dealing with Pressure 

   29.  Setting/Achieving Goals and Transitions 

   30.  Reflections on the Year


Class V

I. Community Building

Class v:

   1- Getting back into it/ overview of  year/ ground rules/ introducing mindfulness

   2-Team building activities 

   3- Review of impact vs. intent / Implicit bias

II.  Identity

   4. Understanding Ability (“Bill of Rights” for how to treat people with disabilities)

   5.  Exploring Ethnicity 

   6.  Gender Fishbowl Activity and discussion  

   7.  Gender Fishbowl Activity and discussion continued (co-ed class)

   8.  Defining Myself (who am I and who do I want to be?)

   9.  Scenarios- What Will You Do?  (Active Bystander Scenarios and Discussion)

   10.  Active Bystander (skits)

   11.  Letting Go of Labels Activity

III.  Relationships:

   12.  How to Be Moral and Honest 

   13.  Conflict:  Bullying vs. Being Mean/Exclusive 

   14.  Device/Social Media Use vs. Face to Face Contact 

   15.  Responsible Media Use

   16.  How to End a Relationship/Friendship 

IV Puberty and Sex Education

   17.  Decision making around intimate relationships (Discussion and Scenarios)

   18.  Decision making around intimate relationships part 2

   19.  STDs and Pregnancy Prevention

   20.  Dating Violence

   21.  Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

   22. Questions

V.  Mental and Physical Health

   23.  Understanding Addiction 

   24. Stress  (strategies including mindfulness)

   25.  Personal Values and media's influence 

   26.  Understanding Depression 

   27.  Self-talk and Visualization

   28.  Failure as an opportunity 

VI.  Overcoming Obstacles

   29.  Panel (current class iv students come to answer questions about upper school)

   30.  Looking Back, Looking forward

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