|"Everyone in my family knows how to crochet but me"|
When community members come in to mentor the progress, students meet them at the office and guide them to a conference room where they can talk in a professional, quiet environment.
50 minutes later, we tidy up and share inspiration and "ah ha" moments from the hour. That night, students blog about their individual learning from the hour (for a literacy and writing grade). On Wednesdays, 1-2 students bring up their blog on the overhead and give highlights (for speaking assessments). Students in the audience take turns asking probing questions about the experience and process (for listening assessments).
|Researching genetic diseases for equines; Future Vet|
|Researching Power or Prayer and Energy Therapies to Heal|
|Two students drafting novels started during NaNoWriMo|
Please check out their blogs and give them comments or questions! Learning to write for an audience without receiving feedback can cause it to begin feeling more like a journal -- entirely different genre. ;)
Topics under study:
Planning family trips
Designing a video game
Weaponry & Tactics of WWI
How to paint
How to crochet
Writing and submitting a novel
How to define Happiness
Equine genetic diseases
How to build a concession stand business
Planning a trip to Italy for a family
How to modify a bike for mountain trails; Build & enact a training program
How to compose digital music
How to play the piano
How to play the ukulele
Diverse & unusual cultural practices around the world
Jobs related to border patrol, the military, and SWAT
Anorexia vs Bulimia
Healing Touch energy therapy
The overall goal? LEARN. In doing so, students are learning to synthesize information from multiple sources, analyze their thoughts about what they are learning, write using discussion variety, speak casually and formally about their learning process and hopefully, end up with new skills for personal or professional use.
So far the students are unanimously geeked out about this opportunity. Stay tuned for updates.