Re-Thinking Grades

Download the PDF   HIGH SCHOOL MAGAZINE March 1999 From Degrading to De-Grading By Alfie Kohn You can tell a lot about a teacher’s values and personality just by asking how he or she feels about giving grades.  Some defend the practice, claiming that grades are necessary to “motivate” students.  Many of these teachers actually


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How Wolves Change Rivers – Must Watch!

This is such a cool example of how closely connected all living things are.  It teaches us that every plant and animal has a positive role to play (though I’ve yet to be sold on Mosquitos…)

News From CSC – September 10th, 2014

Greetings CSC Parents and Students, I will be sending out CSC Newsletters periodically throughout the year.  The purpose of these newsletters are as follows: Help parents/guardians gain a better understanding of what their children are doing and learning in the class Promote discussions at home about topics explored in the class Showcase student work Communicate

CSC Documentaries

A Few Places to Find Films: Films For Action Media Education Foundation 10 Other Sites Some Possible Documentaries to Watch: Environmental Issues Do The Math – (Trailer) A Place at the Table – (Trailer) Gasland – (Trailer) Tapped – (Trailer) Water – (Trailer) The Island President – (Trailer) No Impact Man – (Trailer) Dirt! The

Climate Change Scavenger Hunt

Check out each resource and answer the related question(s)… Teachers can find answers here (you will need a password to access this page, feel free to email me from your school account – 1) What are the key indicators of climate change? 2) What is the current level of Carbon Dioxide in the

Youth Engaged in Social Research for CVRPC Plan Vermont

As part of this year’s CSC class, students conducted VOX Pop interviews with people in the local community about the future of Central Vermont.  The videos were collected in collaboration with the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRP). One of the goals of Plan Central Vermont is to “to create an open and engaging public


Hackschooling is a term used to describe the process by which a student takes control of his or her education and makes it work for them.  In this amazing TEDx talk 13 year old Logan LaPlante discusses how he has accomplished this – with a lot of help from many mentors in his community.  Wouldn’t

Almost There – A Great New Documentary About the Mad River Valley

Connect to the Local Community with VOX POP Journalism

“Your Community, Your Voice”   CSC/Plan Vermont – VOX POP Project What are we doing? We are going out into the community to gather data about what local people want their community to look like a decade from now.  We will be acting as social researchers gathering critical information for the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission.


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