SANBORN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
SANBORN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
COURSE OUTLINE: Project World
TEACHER: Mr. Gaudet ,
LENGTH OF COURSE: One or two semesters
OUTCOMES: The project will study the world in which we live through
the sciences, politics, and the arts. A theme inspired by the movie "Powers
of Ten" will be a core philosophy of the course. Students will be asked
to start looking at local concerns and gradually move toward broader and
broader issues. Students will take steps away from SRHS by "powers of ten"
as they explore our local, national, international, and universal worlds.
An additional core philosophy will be the inclusion of other classes in
the work being done in the class. Whole classes will dedicate a certain amount
of time working on a related project. Students in Project World will help
to coordinate these projects.
The outdoor education philosophy of team work and looking at one's own
strengths and needs will run through the program. Several outdoor trips
will be scheduled in order to emphasize this philosophy and to provide additional
themes for student academic work.
Instructional Outcomes of the Project World:
TEXTS: Research will be conducted through the following sources:
- Wonder and ask important questions.
- Find out answers to these questions through electronic, traditional,
and primary sources.
- Exhibit their learning to others through computer based presentations.
- Learn to give and accept growth oriented feedback with other students.
- Learn to be positively critical of their own work.
COURSE CONTENT: The course will focus on the world and the Sanborn
Learning Model. Through a system that includes contracts, checklists, peer
feedback sheets, storyboards, and exhibitions students will use topics related
to the wetland develop a deeper understanding about the physical world and
the world of learning. Students will also learn publishing techniques. Students
will plan and take part in trips into New Hampshire's wilderness areas.
- The internet
- CD ROMs
- Library journals and books
- Field Trips
- Job Shadowing
COURSE ACTIVITIES: Project World will begin with a first quarter
study of the Sanborn wetland. The wetland study will lead toward the development
of the area as an outdoor classroom. Typical activities will include the
As part of the courses outdoor component students will attend several day
and overnight trips. These trips are designed to develop teamwork skills
necessary to successful functioning of the course. Students will also use
these trips as inspirations for academic projects.
- Students will research laws, environmental considerations, and aesthetic
concerns to be included in the final decision as to how to preserve and
develop our wetland.
- As the year progresses, project students will be expected to publish
information important to the development of the wetland. Such publications
will include newspapers, the Sanborn website, the Sanborn cable channel.
- In quarters 2 and 3, Project students will develop independent study
projects within one of the three themes (the arts, sciences, or politics.)
Each successive project should be a "power of ten" step away from previous
- In quarter 4 Project World students will propose and complete a culminating
project that shows their growth in learning.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Students should be aware that planning and
time management are important considerations in this type of class. Students
should plan on spending outside of class time working on projects and research.
Students will take part in our outdoor education program.
- Two periods per day (6 & 7 to allow for trips to other sites and
visitors to the class.)
- Class open to 10,11,12 graders.
- Students will earn a total of 2 credits:
- 1/2 EDP-A and 1/2 Journalism credit will be assigned
- Students will earn 1 academic credit from among the following choices:
- Science: Biology, Advanced Biology, Practical Biology, Microbiology,
- Environmental Science
- Social Studies:: NH History/Civics, Geography (A & B)
- Art: Photography, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Commercial
Design, Art History
- Independent Study: in each discipline by permission only.
- Academic credits will be earned according to assessment criteria
developed using the state frameworks for each subject area.
- Each student will work daily with a UNH intern to assist research
and presentation efforts. Mr. Gaudet and Mrs. McAskill will serve as mentors
to the entire class.
Each student in the course is required to have on file a signed Authentic
Use Policy as suggested by our school district.
TECHNOLOGY: Computer technology available to students:
|Macintosh 7200 computers
|Flat bed scanners
||Sound Edit 16
|Laser disk player
METHODS OF EVALUATION: Students will present exhibitions to a panel
made up of teachers, intern, and peers. Assessments sheets will be completed
at this time and presented to the student. Through discussions with interns
and a mentor teacher, quarter end grades will be determined based on growth
toward quality standards.