Weekly Information

  • 16-20 October - Sports Travel Week
    This will be a short update since we have a divisional meeting on Tuesday after school. See you in the lounge at 1:40.

    If you haven't gotten around to filling them out yet, here are links to the HSD First Quarter Reflection and the staff feedback form to help admin focus on ideas from the BCWI survey last year. You will have time to fill them out at the end of the faculty meeting if you don't complete them before then.

    Because the field was soggy and we didn't want you to get your socks wet for the sake of a drill, the earthquake drill scheduled for last week was postponed. I'll let you know as soon as it is rescheduled.

    This is first season sports tournament week. Four of our teams will be traveling, and we will be hosting the ACSC boys volleyball tournament. Don't be pressured by students to let them attend games, but if you can spare the time and your students would like to watch a game, you may bring your class.

    I'll save the other details for Tuesday afternoon. Remember that Tuesday mornings are high school staff devotions: join us for a short Scripture reflection and prayer to start your day.
    Posted Oct 15, 2017, 1:43 AM by HSD Principal
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Thank You

  • Run, Kick, Spike!
    As most first season sports wind down this week, thanks to all the coaches who have put in the long hours after school and on weekends to help our student athletes develop physically, socially, and spiritually. Your effort is appreciated and it will pay off in students' lives.
    Posted Oct 15, 2017, 12:19 AM by HSD Principal
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Teaching Thoughts

  • Self-Directed Learning Through Uncertainty
    Ronald Beghetto writes about why inviting uncertainty into your classroom might be beneficial to your students. Some of his ideas are especially relevant to helping our students become Self-Directed Learners since when you don't have all the answers, students need to come up with some on their own.

    Many... good things may come from welcoming uncertainty into our classrooms. But we will never realize these benefits unless we're willing to take the beautiful risk of allowing students to unleash their problem solving on complex challenges—inside and outside the classroom.

    His five big ideas are:

    1. View Good Uncertainty as Opportunity

    Good uncertainty, however, provides students opportunities to engage with the unknowns of a challenge in an otherwise supportive, well-structured environment. For example, when students are trying to come up with their own ways of solving a problem, teachers can let them know in advance about key constraints (such as time and materials), what's required for success, and how they can get additional assistance if they get stuck.

    2. Try Lesson Unplanning

    [Teachers can make] slight adjustments to pre-existing lessons—what I call lesson unplanning. This refers to replacing some predetermined element (such as the problem or process) with a to-be-determined (by the students) component. Doing so transforms a routine exercise into a more complex one.

    3. Assign Complex Challenges

    If we want to prepare students to respond productively to uncertainty, we need to have them tackle a full range of challenges, including those addressing ill-defined problems and big issues—such as developing an inexpensive, accurate way to detect the Ebola virus or designing a robot that can clean trash from New York's subways (Stone, 2016). Such work invites students to engage in tasks, situations, or experiences that are filled with uncertainty. There are no sure-fire formulas or predetermined steps to solve a problem like how to address under-the-radar bullying. And the nature of such problems can change during the process of solving them.

    4. Explore the Backstory of Famous Solutions

    One way to help students learn to tackle complex challenges is to let them learn from models of successfully solved problems and accomplished problem solvers. Doing so requires students to go beyond the "what" of solved problems and learn about the why, who, how, when, and where of getting to that solution.

    5. Launch Never-Ending Projects

    What if instead of limiting projects to the classroom and viewing them as coming to an end, we engaged students in projects that address authentic complex challenges and that make a lasting contribution beyond classroom walls, what I call legacy challenges? A legacy challenge represents an issue, problem, or situation that requires us to develop an ongoing solution and pass that solution on from one group of young people to the next.
    Posted Oct 15, 2017, 12:57 AM by HSD Principal
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