Day 3, again, was a bit of a whirlwind. We started projects and each of us had a one-on-one conversation with a teacher about our goals for the year, what we wanted to do after high school, etc. At lunchtime I was taught how to juggle by Jake (the teacher/performer) and a couple students made delicious cookies for everyone.
Here is a list of the projects I started:
Sciences Humaines/Français Video Project
There are a few French Immersion students at PSII. Social Studies is not a very popular subject, so we’ve found a way to zoom through it: we’re going to break up the curriculum into about 10 different sections and do a video for each section. Since there is a provincial exam for Sciences Humaines 11 (french Social Studies), we have to make sure to cover pretty much everything. Also, the videos are going to be in French, which will be a chunk of the Français 11 curriculum as well (speaking in the video, writing the script, reading in the research). There are three of us planning to do this and we might work with a few others concerning the Social Studies content.
I started writing on Day 2 and worked on it a little more on Day 3.
This isn’t really a plan, it’s more of a vague idea because I love writing. Hopefully I’ll be doing several short stories throughout the year.
Smoke Bomb Lab
Another student got the idea to make a smoke bomb. This sounded like an awesome experiment and he invited me to work with him. I’ll be getting some Chemistry in (I’m taking Chem 11) as well as some English in the write-up.
There are many students interested in Photography, so we’ve formed a group. We’re not quite sure yet what this is going to look like, but I think we’re planning to go on trip up Mt. Tolmie to take photos sometime next week.
This project derived from the question “Is being a psychopath beneficial in our society?” Psychology seems to be an interesting topic for many, including myself, so we’re planning on exploring it. We’re not sure of the format yet.
Those are all the projects I’m involved in already. It’s funny how fast things got moving when the teachers let go of the reins and we started.
Okay, this seems like a long post already, but I have one last important thing to say. I was walking to the bus stop after school and I found myself genuinely excited about all of these projects. And then I thought, what if everyone felt this way about school? Honestly, at my old school, 85% of students disliked being there. And it’s a great school. The only problem was that no one was allowed to learn what they wanted to learn. Or even how they wanted to learn. And now I have the unique opportunity to decide these things for myself. I can already tell that the difference is pretty powerful.