Course: Humans and Water: Our Lifelong Relationship.
Mr. LaPlante, Mr. Sullivan
This seminar will challenge seniors to identify, comprehend, and communicate solutions about our complex relationship with water, and the important global problems inherent in this relationship. With an emphasis on collaboration, students and faculty will learn together about this imperative topic, distill the issues, and prioritize the strategies on personal, local and global levels. With a scientific mindset for inquiry and a passion to research and understand this topic holistically, the class will ultimately be well prepared to share their in-depth knowledge with our community leading up to and on Suffield’s Earth Day celebration. Throughout the course, students will write weekly HOT Log papers (Higher Order Thinking Logs about our intellectual journey). Using background knowledge from science, research skills from history and communication skills from English, these papers will provide students the opportunity to connect ideas and reflect on how these ideas will help move the class towards its ultimate goal. The class will then synthesize these eclectic ideas into an electronic newsletter. This class will truly be a student-centered course, and students will need to cultivate a disposition to support risk-taking and work in a collaborative atmosphere while maintaining flexibility. Students will also earn their technology requirement by virtue of enrolling in this class, because we will be creating a multi-media format for our community presentation.
Book Order Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, Crowded [Paperback]: http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Flat-Crowded-2-0-Revolution/dp/0312428928/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1285770099&sr=1-2-fkmr0