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Issue 9, Fall 2012
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Graffiti Discussions,
   Bobby Shaddox
Let’s Give a Hand to the School of the Future,
   Cynthia Jenson-Elliott
Finding Inspiration From Down the Hall and Beyond the Walls,
   Katie Morrison & Matt Swanson
The Problem Finders,
   Ewan McIntosh
The Power of My Mistakes,
   Dan Wise
The Politics of Assessment,
   Don Mackay
Upside Down Exhibition,
   Kiera Chase
Revealing Riches: Mentoring in a Clinical Credentialing Program,
   Zoltan Sarda & Amy Reising
Everyone a Mentor,
   Susan Foley & Gretchen Morse
Working Toward Integrated Schools: Relationships Matter,
   Tina Schuster Chavez
Clear Guidelines, Open Response: Introducing Peer Critique,
   Katie Michaels
Unraveling the Knot:Critical Thinking in Presentations of Learning,
   Peter Jana & Daisy Sharrock
I Want to be a Leader Who...,
   Melissa Agudelo



Cards:
1: Choose Your Own Adventure
2: Psycarnival
3: A Fly on the Wall
4: Chipotle Challenge
5: In 1,000 Words
6: The Boneyard Project


The Boneyard Project

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This eight week project between Nick Ehlers’ junior biology class and Patrick Wilcox, a former HTHCV student, began with in-class dissections to discover the anatomy and physiology of rats, snakes, and lizards. By removing all organs we prepared organisms for our colony of flesh eating beetles. The beetles were recorded as they ate the deceased animal remains right before our eyes, leaving behind only the bones. Students then recovered the remains and reconstructed the skeletons. We wanted to answer the essential question: “How do anatomy, physiology, and skeletal structures of small mammals and reptiles compare and contrast to the human body?”  Students also prepared presentations including photo displays, videos, and posters documenting the entire process for display at Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) fall exhibition.

Teacher Reflection
My main goal was to stimulate all five senses of my students for long-term deeper learner. I can confidently say that this was accomplished. Warnings: your students will be disgusted at times (e.g. odor, sights), but that is an important part of the experience. You also have to take close care of your beetle colony. I would recommend a reliable offsite backup beetle colony just in case you have issues with yours. In addition, if you have the chance to partner with a local osteologist and/or beetle expert this is ideal. I did, and without Patrick’s expertise and background as a former High Tech High student, I may not have been able to complete this project. Thank you Patrick!

Student Reflections 
We had three projects within one. We not only had to dissect our animals, but we had to skin them, feed them to flesh eating beetles, take apart and bleach the bones, and lastly reconstruct the skeletons. And apart from all that we had to put together our presentations which included creating posters or videos and setting up the room, which was designed to look like a haunted house that had a giant rib cage in the entrance. There was always a horrid smell of rotten snakes, lizards, and rats in the room which meant this project was the real deal. —Marissa Boyer and Lorenz Alfiler