We are REFLECTIVE - Personalized Projects in Mythology
Scholars in the Mythology English elective course utilize the flexible seating options in our Collaborative Learning Lab to focus their work on the type of final projects. Choices include learning stations for presentations, podcasts, research, short stories, thinking maps, and original web pages. Scholars are able to REFLECT on which project and assessment style will best demonstrate their learning from the trimester.
Mr. Leisen, the instructor, provided flexible pathways for the scholars to pursue their mythological focus while personalizing the pace and place of their learning. Blending direct instruction with scholar-driven research projects, Mr. Leisen REFLECTED that his choices gave more freedom for scholars to learn more about their interests in mythology than a traditional teacher-driven model.
Above: Scholars practice and revise their presentations and offer feedback to each other as they prepare for their final presentation at the end of the term. When ready, they can project their slideshows onto the mounted televisions and give small group presentations for both feedback and discussion.
Above: In the foreground, scholars are researching their myths and heroes for their presentations while Mr. Leisen, their instructor, meets in the back of the room with each scholar to provide feedback and guidance. Scholars in the background are preparing their podcast scripts as they wait for the recording room to become available.
Above: The recording room provides a space for scholars to record podcasts, voice-overs, and audio commentary in a soundproof location. This scholar is reviewing their information before recording to ensure it meets the assignment requirements.