Agora Days is a yearly Uni tradition where many different people are able to teach a class for a week. The classes range from cake decorating to the philosophy of life. This opportunity allows students to learn about new topics not usually introduced.
The registration process is in the order: members of SFAC and Agora Committee, teachers of agora days classes, staff members, Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen, and Subbies (8th graders). Since subbies are last to sign up, many of the popular classes are already taken.
There have been certain rules for Agora Days required by the administration. These rules are the same as last year’s: students can take no more than two PE classes and are required to take a Cultural Awareness class.
Students are able to teach a class with the supervision of a teacher. This is a great option partly because they can register early and teach their own class. Classes go under the categories: Academic, Cooking, Physical, Education, Games, and Cultural Awareness. Teachers are able to choose a class size from small to extra large, for classes to less than 10 to over 30 students. Nearly any topic can be taught but if many of the same topics are proposed, the class will most likely go to upperclassman (although there can be exceptions).
People who propose classes range from subbies to alumni; currently there have been 154 class proposals. The process for class approval goes through the Agora committee which consists of SFAC and two members of student council. They carefully review the material presented and decide which classes to approve.
From previous experience, Mary Walker, a junior, gives advice to subbies: “don’t put off signing up, try not to be the person who doesn’t remember and signs up the next day. Just make sure you’re aware of when the link is sent out and the class choices. Be open minded and try new things, you can make a lot of upperclassmen friends [during Agora].”
Many students thoroughly enjoy teaching classes and consider it their favorite experience from Agora days. Mary Walker says, “teaching a class may be stressful, but in the end it’s really fun and a great experience.”
Albert Lee also says, “I enjoyed teaching my class because it allowed me to be creative and I could organize the classes myself.”
Students look forward to learning a lot from Agora Days this spring.