Middle School teachers, Wendy Mayer (science) and Patrick Ratliff (English), recently presented at the ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States) 2016 annual conference: “Doing, Designing, Connecting and Thinking” earlier in the month. The theme reflects the recent trends in education which value authentic, experiential learning experiences which build skills to prepare students for the fast pace of change in the 21st century.
Their 75 minute presentation was entitled “Engage and Explore: A Middle School Interdisciplinary Week”. Wendy pioneered this project several years ago for 8th grade and it has grown to include similar projects for 6th and 7th grade. It all takes place during the Upper School Finals week.
In their presentation, they outlined why this project based learning experience reflects the tenets of the Roeper philosopy, research in gifted education and our school environment. They presented the themes chosen, the process, the challenges, the benefits of their program and gave examples of student work.
Wendy feels that their presentation was very well received. There were a lot of questions and many seemed to be inspired by the ideas presented. Many also stayed after to ask questions.
Here is high praise from one of the students: Student Reflections
Congratulations to Wendy and Patrick for representing Roeper so well and for the amazing work you do with our students!