Our Wisconsin charter school uses scientific research and project-based learning as the focus of our curriculum. Project learning is based on a constructivist model of learning that engages you in real-world scholarly activity because you get to chose topics that interest you.
Posted on November 28, 2012 by Don Valois
As part of the science curriculum this year at Wildlands, Mr. Tweed has established a chemistry class for those juniors and seniors who wish to participate. We meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. A Google website provides a guide for all the activities that the students participate in. An average week in chemistry consists of an hour long instructive presentation by Mr. Tweed, usually on Monday. Our week also consists of a series of online quizzes and/or questions sheets, and a lab pertaining to the topic of that unit. The meeting on Wednesday is usually an opportunity for students to ask any questions that they have and to give teachers an overview of the progress that has already been made. During the meeting on Friday, students typically turn in their assignments and Mr. Tweed gives an introduction to the topics we will cover throughout the next week. It has been an enjoyable experience for all those involved. Jordan, one of the students taking chemistry, says "I've enjoyed learning more about the periodic table and how everything is organized and has a specific purpose". He is referring to the second unit in which the class examined elementary particles and their organizational structure. The unique structure and setup of the class, the experience and knowledge of the instructors, and the considerable amount of self-direction are the main reasons that this class is such a success.
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