Jan 08


8th Grade Education for the Future

8th Grade science teacher, Wendy Mayer, on lead with social studies teacher, Mike Ruddy, and the rest of the team are finishing up plans for another amazing example of what experts in the field of education believe is what 21st century education should be. Some of the skills being taught: critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, digital literacy skills: information and media. career and life skills: flexibility, adaptability, initiative, self-direction, social and cross-cultural, productivity, accountability, leadership and responsibility. Hmm, you might notice some Roeper themes in this list!

From Wendy: “Over the next two weeks, students will be working on a Detroit intensive unit focused on the history of the city, the changes that are occurring, and trying to roll that knowledge into the development of a start up business/non-profit idea that would fit Detroit. During the week of Jan. 8-12, the students will be forming work groups, learning how to create a brand for their presentation, listening to guest speakers during Social Studies and Science blocks.

During the week of exams, Jan. 16-19th, the 8th graders will be heading into the city for more experiential learning. During the week the students will meet with different non-profit groups and business owners to hear their stories of development and growth, go on educational tours, and be meeting with many of Roeper’s alumni who have chosen to live or work in the city. They will stay overnight at the Bethel Community Transformation Center where they will hear about the center and work on their presentations. The next day, the presentations will take place at the Purdy Kresge Auditorium at Wayne State University.”


School historian, Marcia Ruff, will be discussing the Roeper connection to Detroit on Wednesday, January 10th at 1:05 at the Birmingham Campus.

On Friday, January 19th, come see the student presentations (4 minutes each group) from 11:00 – 11:45am at the Purdy Kresge Auditorium at Wayne State University which includes discussing the merits of each plan according to set criteria. Following that, come to the Wayne State Student Center for lunch and voting!

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