Learning about Compromise Through Compromising

June 7, 2013
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For our final project in Age of Ex, the entire class of 16 students was required to work together to create a presentation about the Constitutional Convention. This project not only helped me to learn about the Convention through the typical research based strategy, but it also put me in a situation that modeled the […]

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A Final Reflection

June 7, 2013
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Q: What did you learn about the Constitutional Convention? Of course you learned it was about compromise, but please go a little deeper. What were the overarching issues that required compromise? How were those compromises achieved? What does that tell us about the founding of our government and about the nature of our democracy?   […]

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Compromise Then and Now

June 7, 2013
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I learned a lot about the Constitutional Convention while doing this project, not only from the information but also the format of the project by having 16 students work together. One of the main themes in both was definitely compromise. To compromise, the Constitutional Convention, as well as our class, had to occasionally go against […]

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Leading Compromise in the Constitutional Convention Project

June 7, 2013
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  For our final project in Age of Ex, all 16 classmates studied the Constitutional Convention. While learning about the compromises that the delegates had to make, our class also learned what it was like to work with and agree with such a big group. I learned a lot of information about the history, but […]

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My Final Age of Ex Reflection

June 7, 2013
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Hello Bloggers, The Constitutional Convention embodies the ability for two places that hold completely different values to come together and compromise on things that are of great importance to not only the current status of their forming nation but also to the future of their nation. The debate of representation is one of the more […]

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Compromise At Its Finest | Age of Ex Final Reflection 2013

June 7, 2013
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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 […]

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Final Project Reflection

June 7, 2013
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I learned many things about the constitutional convention. The overall theme, as Mike mentions, was compromise, but the compromise was specifically between the educated, white, men of different states with often-conflicting interests. The issue of slaves was one issue that required compromise, as demonstrated by the three-fifths compromise. These compromises were achieved by lots of […]

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Compromise in the Constitutional Convention Project

June 7, 2013
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Over the course of this project, I learned a lot about what happened during the Constitutional Convention, and what compromises were made to come up with the Constitution that we know today. One of the main compromises that was made (evident by its name) was called “The Great Compromise” (also known as the “Connecticut Compromise”), […]

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Reflecting on the Age of Ex Constitutional Convention Project

June 7, 2013
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Through this project on the Constitutional Convention, I learned how difficult it is to compromise with inherently different beliefs. I mean, we’ve all had to compromise on who gets to play with a toy first or who has to do the work, but in forming a government, the founding fathers had to act in not […]

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The Convention of Compromise

June 5, 2013
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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
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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 […]

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Start of a New Era?

November 19, 2012
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When scrolling over the online New York Times Technology section, the first article that lit up my computer screen was an article about all of these new tablets that has been introduced into the competitive market. It’s the holiday season; therefore many people are trying to decide which tablets they’d like to purchase for gifts. […]

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Strategies To Being A Student Athlete

November 9, 2012
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Being a teammate is something I have known all my life. Ever since I can remember I have been playing team sports. One of the best feelings in the world is going to join your team (aka your second family) everyday. Everything starts out easy being a student athlete. In elementary and even in middle […]

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Play to Your Strengths

November 8, 2012
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We recently finished our first major project in Age of Ex. Our assignment was to research a certain aspect of the Renaissance and create a presentation, giving an overview of the topic and answering the essential question: “How can research on one person, event, trend, or characteristic of the world during the European Renaissance help […]

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Research Tips and Pointers

November 8, 2012
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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 […]

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Presentation jitters

November 8, 2012
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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 […]

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Sticky Ideas

November 7, 2012
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Warning: opinionated! Age of Exploration class so far has been focused around research and presentation.  Our first in-class presentation was reasonably appalling, and we attributed this to inexperience.  However, after having had another month to work on our newest project, about the Renaissance, our presentations have improved greatly.  I no longer felt the desire to […]

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Creativity in the Classroom

November 6, 2012
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I have always been a large supporter of creativity. I am always excited when I have the chance to express myself or my thoughts through any means. I Also think that creativity really helps with learning. When you are able to apply your own ideas or thoughts to your learning, I think it really helps […]

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A Myriad of Presentations

November 6, 2012
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This past week in Age of Ex, we had our final presentations from our Renaissance unit and the presentations ranged from Prezis to only picture Power Points to presentations that didn’t use technology at all. We have been given a lot of preparation, including reading and writing assignments, and an intro project, to introduce us […]

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Text or no text, that is the question?

November 5, 2012
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Lately in Age of Ex, we have been doing a lot of presentations and while watching everything on the screen, some of the main tools that are used are either PowerPoint or Prezi. This got me wondering whether or not using text is a good idea or bad idea. Most of the time, people seem […]

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