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Issue 17, Spring 2017
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An Edu-Nerd’s Heaven,
   Celeste Kirsh
Thou Talk’st of Nothing,
   Jen McConnel and Erin Zamborsky
What Does It Take To Teach For Deeper Learning And Equity?,
   Meg Riordan and Emily Klein
Why Dewey Needs Freire,
   Sarah Fine
Building Empathy Through Action,
   Ariana Campos
Deconstructing Myths And Clarifying Truths,
   Rachel Otty
Educational Video Games And Transdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning,
   Heather McCreery-Kellert and Sheli O. Smith


1: Call Sign: Courage
2: Destruction and Restoration: A History of Sausal Creek
3: Give Me Shelter
4: Here Now, Gone Tomorrow
5: Living North County
6: Matter That Matters
7: One Drop at a Time
8: Wise Kids Traditions
9: Plant and Insect Life Cycles
10: Design Challenge: Beekeeping in Doha, Qatar

Matter That Matters

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In this collaborative Humanities and Chemistry project, students worked in partnerships to comprehensively research a “problematic” element, compound, or material and its effect on society, both historically and currently. For example, one pair investigated chocolate and its connections to child labor; another explored carbon and conflict diamonds. In Chemistry class, students created an image that represented the conflict and used electrochemistry to etch it into a copper plate. Photographs of the copper plates and the research paper from each group were compiled into a book, which was displayed at Exhibition and is available on Amazon. Our goal was for students to understand how resources in our natural world acquire value and the positive and negative effects of the pursuit of ownership of those resources.

Teacher Reflection
What we really enjoyed about this project was that the interdisciplinary collaboration felt really natural and authentic; students were able to synthesize their knowledge from both classes at a higher level, and it was rewarding to see. There was also lots of room for student choice and we ended up with with a beautiful and rigorous final product. Seeing students at Exhibition fluently switch between talking about the electrochemistry of copper etching and historical conflicts over resources was inspiring.

Student reflection
The importance of a material is influenced by its chemistry a lot, because its chemistry gives it the properties that make it important. —Roan

I learned that you always should look into a conflict. Always see the full story and never just blindly accept the media’s version of it. —Eden

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