Another PowerPoint Presentation from Last Semester November 21, 2007
Canterbury Tales Puppets November 20, 2007
These are my favorite Canterbury Tales puppets from this semester! Good job, Ryan, Ashley, and Marina! I get to see the Skipper, Cook, and Summoner everyday… they all hang out behind my desk.
Here are some examples of excellent PowerPoint presentations from last year’s seniors:
What are Senior Projects? November 19, 2007
Because our school embraces the principles of rigor, relevance, and relationships, and because our school embraces project-based, inquiry-based, and work-based learning, the Senior Project is a course requirement for students enrolled in English IV Honors at Wayne Early/Middle College High School. The Senior Project serves as the final exam for the class, and it consists of the following four components:
1. An 8-12 page MLA research paper on a topic of the student’s choice
2. A physical product completed with an expert mentor from the community
3. A portfolio highlighting the Senior Project experience
4. An 8-10 minute presentation before a panel of judges selected from the community
Each of the above four components contributes equally to the final Senior Project grade. The model for the Senior Project as it exists now comes from colleagues of mine who have been trained by the official Senior Project Center. Here is a link to the official Senior Project home page, where you can read more about the philosophy and rationale behind the project: http://www.seniorproject.net/
In the next few years, Wayne Early/Middle College High School, in accordance with state and local initiatives, will be moving towards the North Carolina Graduation Project guidelines, which are outlined on DPI’s website, here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/graduationproject/
The Senior Project as it exists now at Wayne Early/Middle College High School is very similar to the North Carolina Graduation Project, and only slight changes will be made. Teachers are invited to contact me for more information about our successes with this culminating project in its current stage of implementation. Though I have over nine years of experience working with this project, I also welcome suggestions and ideas from anyone who can help improve our current process.
Student-led conferences were held at WEMCHS on November 8. Parents and students who were able to attend can attest to the fact that the conferences were an extraordinary success. Students discussed their notebook organization, planning calendars, assignment logs, reading logs, learning logs, Cornell notes, and journal entries with their parents. They also showed their parents their essays, projects, and tests. With parents, each student reflected on his or her successes and targeted areas for improvement.
The student-led conferences were a valuable experience for WEMCHS students to showcase their academic achievements thus far. If you were unable to attend the student-led conferences but would still like to participate in this experience with your child, please contact me at WEMCHS to arrange an appointment. I am generally free from 3:40 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. If this time frame does not accomodate your schedule, please take comfort in the fact that more student-led conferences will be held throughout the academic year. I look forward to hearing from you.