It's my favorite time in the semester...RESEARCH TIME!
This year our freshmen are connecting their semester-end research unit in our English class with what they are learning in their Biology course! Students are studying the human impact on specific ecosystems in Biology, and in our class, students will be selecting an issue currently affecting our environment that they would like to do something about. Students are able to use their research across our two courses in order to extend their learning. Coincidentally, as both the English and Biology classes begin work on this project, the United Nations Climate Change Summit is happening in Madrid. This means that our students should be hearing all about their research topics as our local and national media outlets cover the Summit over the course of this week and next.
But we're not just going to be looking up information and writing about it. No! Instead, students are hoping to connect with experts and organizations working to make change in the areas of our selected topics. This is where you can lend us a hand.
If you are someone (or know someone) doing work in any of the fields below that wouldn't mind my students emailing a few questions, please add your name and contact information below (or access the spreadsheet here). We would love your help learning as much as we can about our selected topics.
Ms. Jen Ward
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 2017, Ms. Ward was named teacher of the month by Michigan's 86th district state representative, Thomas Albert. In March 2016, she was named a TED-Ed Innovative Educator and is also a Google Certified Innovator, National Writing Project Consultant, and a 2014 PASCD Emerging Leader. Ms. Ward taught for 13 years in a Philadelphia suburban district and returned to her home state in 2015. In 2017, she joined the Grandville High School bulldogs!