Showing posts from February, 2017

Down with the Sickness 2.0

One of my favorite projects is Down with the Sickness, where students research the effects that disease have on both past and present societies. I still consider it as my top project of the 2015/2016 school year, which I described in a previous post. With a year of experience, I was able to streamline the project and improve student engagement as shown by the end of the semester survey:

"I really liked the medical aspect of our history class because it wasn't a typical kind of study for a history class. I had never done anything like it before and it was a lot of fun." 
"I enjoyed researching different disease and learning more in depth about how the CDC and the WHO deal with these situations. Creating an infographic was fun because I prefer to show people what I've learned through graphics/art."
I liked creating the infographics and I really enjoyed learning about different diseases and the bad effects and how to prevent myself from getting them. Learning …

Minarets Mustangs' Community Day

When I was hired at Minarets High School, I was asked to establish and teach the Minarets Cs class, a freshmen introduction course to help the 9th graders adjust to life at Minarets. Naturally, we always have a discussion  about the Minarets Cs, the learning objectives for students which include the 21st century skills as well as a vital addition: Community. During our discussion last year, we talked about which of the Cs were most common on campus and least common; creativity was the most common while community was the least common.

This lack of community involvement was not only recognized by the students, but our staff as well. As a result, the staff members at Minarets High School decided to do something innovative and dedicate the last day of the fall semester to the community, appropriately named Community Day.

Rather than submitting final projects or having a movie day, every student was engaged in a community project, whether it was making gift tags and cards for kids and thei…