It's my favorite time of year...
We began our tenth grade inquiry projects last week by exploring the issues and topics that inspire us as well as those that break our heart. Our research is focused not simply on collecting sources and writing that traditional research paper that only the teacher reads. No! Instead, our students are looking into the problems and issues that they face in their lives. Yes, they will write a paper, but they are also putting together a TED-style talk (and yes, some of our students willrecord their talks for TED) in order to share their findings and solutions with an authentic audience.
But we need your help! As part of this assignment, students are asked to connect with an expert. My students are hoping to interview an expert on their research topic either in person, on the phone, or via email. Take a look at our growing list of topics below. If you would not mind if one of my students contacted you, please share your contact information on our spreadsheet. Students are hoping to make connections this week.
We couldn't do it without you! Thank you for your support!
An interest in helping young people discover and define their writing voice and reading interests drives Ms. Jennifer Ward to cultivate a student-centered learning environment, one that supports individual learning goals and incorporates purposeful use of technology. In March 2016, she was named a TED-Ed Innovative Educator and is also a Google Certified Innovator, National Writing Project Fellow, and a 2014 PASCD Emerging Leader. She is active in NCTE, the Flipped Learning Network, and an organizer with Edcamp. Jen taught for 13 years in a Philadelphia suburban district and returned to her home state to teach high school English at Ionia High School in 2015. This year, she is excited to join the Grandville High School bulldogs!