HOW DO SOCIETY AND WATER INTERACT ?
Foundations: Groundwork for HDSAWI Project
Benchmark 1: Set and SituationBridge to Benchmarks 5 and 6
Benchmark 5: Digital Context
Benchmark 6: Vignette
Benchmark 7: Exhibition Prep
Benchmark 8: Critical Reflection
Project X Guidelines
Items to Archive for HDSAWI project:
Language & Communication
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Benchmark 8: Critical Reflection
FOR THE HDSAWI PROJECT:
Blog #1: Imaginary Worlds
Think of all the imaginary worlds you've encountered in books, movies, and TV shows (these may be fantasy, dystopian, science fiction...pick your genre). Using vivid detail, describe the imaginary world you liked the best.
Blog #2: Idea Generation as a Group
Think about the ways you have collaborated lately, both in your own student team and as a whole Basecamp. Sometimes you have to give up your best idea to arrive at the group's best idea. How have you dealt with this so far and how will you best manage this need for compromise in the future?
Blog #3: Water Phenomena
What did you like and not like about the water phenomenon decision your base camp made? Now that your basecamp has settled on a phenomenon, what are some of your ideas regarding how that phenomenon could have occurred and what effects it had on your society?
Blog #4: Your Part
During the past few IT and Natural Systems blocks your basecamp collaborated to create a dystopian geography, and researched to provide a scientific rational in support of your creative choices. Describe both the process that your basecamp used to delegate tasks during these blocks, and the way you, personally, contributed to these efforts. What specific tasks were you responsible for, and how effectively did you live up to these responsibilities?
Blog #5: Spotblock Connections
In what ways have you experienced the spotblocks overlapping, connecting, and informing each other since this project began? Give a specific and detailed example. Then, from your point of view, explain what effects this had on the overall project.
Blog #6: FreeWrite about the Project
Simple as that.
Blog #7: Holes in the Research?
What did the process of developing basemaps make you realize about your research? What holes did you discover and what changes do you have to make because of this?
Blog #8: Narrative Grades
Review your narrative grade report (to be shared with you this week). What are the big takeaways? What changes will you make this semester in response to those takeaways? Now switch gears to give your teachers some feedback about what was useful and what can be improved in this style of grade reporting.
Blog #9: Using your Team Charters
Go into your archive and review your Team Charter. What was your big goal? How are you doing in progressing toward this goal? Now look at the section in which you addressed behavioral norms for your team.. Has your group used these norms to address issues? Should it be? Discuss, citing specific examples.
Blog #10: Deciding Things
What political decision making processes have your group and basecamp utilized throughout this project so far? How are these similar or different from the political decision making processes that take place in your dystopian world?
Blog #11: Own It
A key leadership skill at NWP is Personal Integrity (see definition below). Reflect on your progress thus far throughout the HDSAWI project. List each of your assignments that is currently past due. Discuss your progress, or lack of progress. What actions can you own that have led to this? What will you do to fix this problem? Make a "commitment list" that will help you get on a productive course. If you are currently up to date on your work discuss the actions you've taken to make this happen.
Students handle themselves with confidence and act with honesty and courage. They commit to their
developing beliefs and are willing to assume roles as inquiring observers, active participants, and dynamic leaders. They demonstrate positive working relationships across diverse groups, accept personal responsibility
for their actions, and remain open to learning from the feedback and guidance of others.
Blog #12:Leadership Skills in Use
Review the Northwest Prep Leadership Skills (linked here). List each skill on your blog. Then, for each skill, provide a concrete example of how you use(ed) that skill in the HDSAWI project. (7th and 8th grade: choose only 5 skills).
Blog #13: What Would You Change?
The WASC visiting committee recently spent two days on our campus talking to students, teachers, and others about how things work at NWP. They left us with an important question to answer. What will be different for students in one year, two years, and three years from now? We'd like to hear about the changes you believe are needed. As always, be diplomatic in delivering your opinion, and back it up with sound reasoning.
Blog #14: Changing Gears
Have you ever worked on a stage production? Converse in small groups about this experience. Then respond to the following prompt:
What different jobs are involved in putting on a live stage production? What challenges come with these jobs? Are some of these jobs also applicable to the creation of a documentary? Discuss the overlap. Which jobs do you think you are best suited to? How so? Think hard about this over the weekend. Next week you will engage in a process of pitching for your top roles.
Blog #15: Big Transitions
Reflect on Thursday and Friday of this week, and on the jobs you will be performing as we move toward the exhibition. What makes you nervous and what excites you? Also, describe at least four contributions you have made over the past months that will help your basecamp succeed in this project.
Blog #16: Project Check
At this point in the production phase of the project you are all well acquainted with your roles in either the digital context or the vignette (or both). From your perspective, what is working well so far? What is not working well? Explain. Can you offer any solutions to problems you've encountered? Please address this prompt thoroughly.
Blog #17: Comprehensive Reaction Dump to HDSAWI Project
In no particular order provide any and all of your reactions to the HDSAWI project. As always, be diplomatic and avoid names. Mainly, be thorough. Touch on every aspect of the project that you have opinions about. Try to either give examples, or be specific enough in your descriptions that others can make sense of your thoughts.