“This I Believe” is a project based upon the radio series of the same name created by Edward R. Murrow after World War II. For the eighth grade history students, “This I Believe” is a personal, oral essay accompanied by images. In their essays, they examine and explain their own beliefs about what they think it means to be an American and what the U.S. means to them and to other people.
The Center for Teaching & Learning works with Windward faculty to create innovative, collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects.
When performing scenes in high school, one rarely has enough time to learn about the playwright, his or her vision for the play, and understand the scene as part of a larger story of the play. The Play, The Playwright, and Your Scene provides the Theater II students the opportunity to build a deeper and more three-dimensional vision for their characters.
Are certain individuals so unique that they shape the world around them? Or are even the most famous people merely products of the time in which they live? These are questions that historians have long debated and about which they are still divided. History students in eighth grade begin to wrestle with these questions through a research project that is as much about the process of research itself as it is about the students' final thoughts on the matter.
In Windward’s Writing Fellows program, dedicated 11th grade students work one-on-one with a writing mentor - an experienced Windward faculty member - to develop a cogent research paper over the course of several months.
Students in Paula's Spanish 4 Honors class have chosen their favorite Antonio Machado poem to narrate in a short visual storytelling project. Using iMovie, GarageBand, Frames, and their class wiki, students have successfully used multiple technology tools to expand upon Machado's poems.
8th graders studying World War II in Larisa Showalter’s History class discussed the responsibilities Americans have to help out their community. They connected the past with the present by planting seeds in our very own Victory Garden.