In addition to academic courses, Insight offers enrichment activities where students can build community with their peers, apply the things they’re learning in coursework, and prepare for life as emerging adults.
Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
Dungeons and Dragons (Instructor, Brock Sayre)
Students will learn (or continue learning) to use their imaginations to build characters, role play, and create fantastic worlds! In this class, students will learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons, with beginners learning the basic rules and more advanced students encouraged to develop and run their own adventures.
Mindfulness Meditation for Teens (Instructor, Karen Bluth, ofUNC School of Medicine)
Making Friends With Yourself (MFY) is an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion in teens. MFY teaches core principles and practices that enable teens to respond to the challenges of these critical years with kindness and self-compassion. In this course, teens engage in developmentally appropriate activities and carefully crafted practices and meditations, which provide them with the opportunity to learn how to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease. Backed by research, findings indicate increases in emotional well-being and greater resilience after taking the course. Following in the footsteps of the adult Mindful Self Compassion program, Making Friends with Yourself is rooted in the three key components of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity and mindful, balanced awareness. These elements serve to open the hearts of teens to their own suffering, so they can learn to give themselves what they truly need, recognize that they are not alone in their suffering, and encourage an open-minded acceptance of the struggle they are facing. This curriculum was adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion created by Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, and has been endorsed by the founders. For more information, see http://www.getminded.com/
The Science and Art of Cooking in the Global Marketplace (Instructor, Konrad Catolos)
In this course, basic nutrition and healthy eating concepts are investigated as students explore traditional ethnic ingredients from cuisines around the world to produce meat-minimalistic menus and recipes highlighting vegetables, legumes and grains. Students will conduct experiments and think critically to compare, contrast and evaluate how ingredients change through the use of various cooking techniques. Sourcing food locally, seasonal menus, and sustainability are discussed. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on the sensory evaluation of food, the development and use of sensory terminology, and real-world applications for the home and restaurant cook. The course will be taught by a local Durham chef with a wealth of experience in various types of food service operations. He’s the former co-owner of Daisy Cakes and has cooked in many of Durham’s favorite restaurants, including the Counting House at 21C, The Durham, Pizzeria Toro, Piedmont, Vin Rouge, and more.
Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/AP) (Instructor, Brock Sayre)
Many universities and colleges throughout the U.S. (though not all) require applicants to take the SAT or ACT as part of their evaluation package. This course will prepare you for both tests. Both the ACT and the SAT contain verbal and math sections. SAT/ACT Test Preparation will give you the information and practice you need to do well on the verbal and math questions of the ACT and the new SAT. We will alternate between verbal and math to make sure students have adequate preparation and practice in each area. In addition to preparing you for specific question types on both exams, this course will give you pointers in time management, anxiety relief, scoring, and general standardized test-taking. Weekly assignments will encourage you to work with your fellow classmates and your instructor to maximize your performance on all aspects of the ACT and SAT.