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Issue 14, Fall 2015
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Thank You Tiger! My Teacher Wake-Up Call,
   John Paull
Breadth And Depth: Can We Have It Both Ways?,
   Jal Mehta
Other People’s Children Are My Children,
   Michelle Sadrena Clark
When Exhibition Might Not Be Enough,
   Wesley Davidson
Choosing Sean,
   Patrick Yurick
Writing “Downtown”: Bringing Student Voice Into Writing Instruction,
   Sheldon C. Krieger
Creativity Is A Decision Anyone Can Make,
   Robert J. Sternberg
Every Classroom Should Be A Maker Space,
   Randy Scherer


1: Colonies, Clusters, and Classrooms?
2: Roland Barthes’ Mythologies
3: The Lantern Project
4: The Wicked Soap Company
5: Wat_er We Doing? A California Drought Story
6: Portraits of Resilience
7: Best Project of All Time
8: 3D Printed Timeline
9: You Say You Want a Revolution?
10: Superheroes Unite!
11: Staircases to Nowhere
12: Who Walks Here: The Journey of Our People and Our Land
13: The Bee Project

Portraits of Resilience

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The inspiration for this project came from a student comment, “We learn a lot about the challenges and problems in the world, but what about how people overcome them?” And with that, Portraits of Resilience began. For the first iteration of this project, 50 students conducted 1:1 interviews with 50 veterans to explore these three essential questions: (1) In what ways does war affect human resiliency, (2) How can we resolve conflict aside from war and (3) Why do people fight? During the interview, students photographed their veterans. After the interview, students wrote vignettes to accompany the photographic portraits and capture their veteran’s spirit. The portraits were printed into full sized posters and were also published in a book along with the final written vignette. The final products were exhibited on the USS Midway Museum for a week and all veterans were invited to attend our evening exhibition.

Teacher Reflection
What was particularly powerful about this project was seeing how motivated my students were. I attribute much of this to the authenticity of the audience and the location for exhibition; people totally unaffiliated with our school were really counting on the students to produce excellent work. Throughout the project I consistently heard student remarks such as, “I really want my veteran to be proud,” and “I need to make sure that what I write truly represents who they are.” This combined with the high visibility of having their work on display in a museum pushed students to raise their own standards and exceed the high expectations that were set.

Student Reflection
Everyone has a story to share and their responses may surprise you. —Sharon O

This project really opened my eyes on the different perspectives of war. —Joshua E

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