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The Challenges of Group Work

June 11, 2013 by

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The Constitutional Convention was a lot like our group process of decision making. There were a lot of strong voices who had firm ideas and weren’t afraid to voice their opinions. Everyone said their piece and then it had to be debated before they settled on a compromise. A lot of the compromises made were […]

Compromise At Its Finest | Age of Ex Final Reflection 2013

June 7, 2013 by

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Link to Photo      The Constitutional Convention was a struggle for power. Everyone wanted it. A good example of one conflict that arose because of power was when the Framers of the Constitution had to decide how power would be distributed between states. Eventually they were able to come up with a plan that […]

The Convention of Compromise

June 5, 2013 by

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For our final project, our class (G Block) created and facilitated a 45-minute lesson for 7th graders about the Constitutional Convention. We created an introductory video and led small groups through an interactive discussion session highlighting specific compromises made before, during, and after the Convention. For out interactive presentation script, click here. For our research […]

G’Day from Australia

December 13, 2012 by

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Editor’s Note: We were lucky this year to have two wonderful young women from Australia join our class for about a month. I asked them to do a project in the spirit of Age of Ex, and they obliged. During our four weeks of exchange we attended Oregon Episcopal School in Portland. We took a […]

Research Tips and Pointers

November 8, 2012 by

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This is a follow up to my previous post, Two Steps Towards a Killer Presentation. So, we all know that in order to make a presentation awesome, the content has to be as well, it’s just as simple as that. Your presentation could be as interesting as the Mona Lisa, a Michael Bay film, or […]

Presentation jitters

November 8, 2012 by

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I am a cynic. Before a presentation, I think I’m going to fail.  I’m going to run out     of things to say; it’s only a matter of time before I really mess up. I’m not even going to think about taking risks; my sense of shame is preemptive and highly developed. A poll […]

Success

October 11, 2012 by

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“A lot of people in this world, search endlessly for some complex magical formula to understand why some people are successful and why others are not”. (Jaret Grossman) Michael Jordan is still the best basketball player to this day. People tend to think they could never even match up to his standards a lot of […]

D E S I G N your words.

October 8, 2012 by

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In the modern world so much information is available at our fingertips with a simple Google search. However, we are becoming more and more accustomed to instant gratification, which means we want our information faster, simpler, now. Thus, the interactive and engaging presentation is becoming a vital tool to teach and share information. But how […]

Partnering Pedagogy: Making a Difference

October 5, 2012 by

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During the first week of school I was very skeptical about how well the partnering pedagogy would work. I debated switching out of Age of Ex and into Medieval World, which is another more traditional history course that is offered at OES. The first project in Age of Ex got introduced and I felt swamped. […]

Group Work

October 4, 2012 by

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Group dynamics have always been a difficult thing for me. In some groups, there’s been a lot of politics between people with more assertive personalities. In others, it’s I who am being the assertive one, doing all the work or being domineering. Sometimes I’m also shy and don’t contribute. Everyone who has ever worked with […]

Two Steps Towards a Killer Presentation

October 4, 2012 by

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There are a million different ways to present a project, or research that one has done, but what is the most effective way to do so? Short and sweet: to keep the viewers engaged and interested. If there is only one thing that I get out of Mike’s Age of Exploration class, is how to […]

Overload: Why Learning Isn’t Always as Fun as it Should Be

October 3, 2012 by

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In my school, the year is just kicking up. It’s been going for almost a month now, so I often find myself uneasy as the workload gets progressively larger. I understand that teachers are excited about getting into their subjects and teaching us, but I have found that this usually turns me off from their […]

Our Final Project

June 12, 2012 by

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The final project in Age of Ex challenged students to create a video documentary about the American Revolution. Each class section was asked to work together to choose and research an event, and to create a research bibliography. After that, the class collectively produced a short video intended to teach middle school age students about […]

The Process of Progress

May 15, 2012 by

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So the Age of Exploration class is now well into the American Revolution Documentary Project, and it is a great feeling to see our work starting to come together. At this point, with a topic figured out, a nearly completed script, and the necessary casting done, filming is the next task at hand. It has […]

Organization of a Major Project

May 14, 2012 by

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In Age of Ex, our assignment as a class is to make one documentary on some portion of the American Revolution, and make a “Making Of” video, where we document the process of making the documentary. As you could imagine, organization is a huge challenge in a group project with 16 students, although I think […]

Creative Commons

May 14, 2012 by

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What goes into the making of a documentary? That is the question we all have to ask ourselves as we go into our most recent project, a full group project to make a documentary on the Boston Tea Party. My job in this Documentary is to edit the final version of the documentary, not only […]

A New Kind of Project

May 13, 2012 by

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My history class, Age of Explorations, is a class that is a highly project based class. So far this year, we have done individual projects and small group projects. Now, we are part way through an entire-class project. Our objective is to work together to research, write a storyboard and script, film, and edit a […]

Teamwork

May 13, 2012 by

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Throughout this project I have learned that teamwork is the key to success in a group project. In our class right now we are doing a project as a class and it is important that everyone contributes and that everyone listens to people’s opinions. It is also very important that people who are working in […]

The Stresses of Group Projects

May 11, 2012 by

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When someone is working alone, they usually plan out what tasks they are going to do and when they are going to do them. They find their own resources, and use their opinions to mold and form an idea into a great project. But imagine sixteen people, all with different opinions and ideas, trying to […]

The Film Crew

May 10, 2012 by

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When starting the final age of ex project, our whole class was feeling pretty confident about not only our research and writing skills, but our filming skills as well. After the last project, I had felt my filming skills were ready to take on a bigger challenge than doing stationary interviews and changing angles a […]