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Meredith EdCafe Reflection

May 29, 2013 by


For this new project style of the EdCafe I thought it was interesting. I have learned about myself that I do a better job of presenting. The small group setting and non graded presentation puts less stress on me and makes me feel more confortable. I like how the small groups allows for more of […]

I Shouldn’t Be In This Class

October 24, 2012 by


I didn’t want to take this course. This course terrified me. This course seemed dangerous to my future. I am in “United States History Research Seminar” today because I know what I’m good at, and this is not something I’m good at. It is a concept that I’ve learned sometime during my thirteen years at […]

Learning in the Social Media Era

October 22, 2012 by


 Firstly, it is a precious experience for me being in this research-based class since I can discover a lot of interesting facts about the history events. I found it both effective and good for me to learn by doing a lot of research for projects. I don’t feel stressful at all.  I like a lot […]

A New Age of Learning

October 22, 2012 by


USHRS is the first research based class I have ever taken, and it happens to incorporate some methods of learning that are not exactly orthodox.  I am particularly excited about this class because unlike in the past, I will have the ability to study what I personally want to learn (to a certain extent).  In […]

Learning Independently

October 21, 2012 by


The pupil can only educate himself.  Teachers are the custodians of apparatus upon which he himself must turn and twist to acquire the excellencies that distinguish the better from the poorer of God’s vessels. ~Martin H. Fischer In USHRS this year, I have started to truly appreciate the idea of an independent research class. Not […]

The Pros and Cons of USHRS

October 17, 2012 by


Coming into my junior year, I didn’t know what to expect from USHRS. I had chosen the class because I think US history is interesting (some of it at least) and I was told that if I didn’t like to read, then I should not go to APUSH. I think that I made the right […]

Being American

October 16, 2012 by


With the first class project being about finding what it means to be an American. I have learned from interviewing people that being an American allows for the opportunity to do whatever you wish and living in America allows it to be easy to make your dreams come true. I have also learned that from […]

Learning from experiences

October 15, 2012 by


It has been over a month since the school stared. In our class, USHRS researching seminar, we finished our first big project, “What does it mean to be an American?” This project was very new to me since I had to interview people, and work with many other people to accomplish our goal. So far […]

Working With Partners

October 10, 2012 by


I have very mixed opinions on partner projects. While it is great to share and gain new ideas, there is a risk that you or your group might not agree on a concept.  An idea that you feel is great and are ready to put into action might be an idea that the rest of […]

Out with the old and in with the new

October 8, 2012 by


Hello, Technology! When I first came to high school, I was not a technologically advanced person. I was behind in the times and had spent much less working around computers and tech than my classmates. My school quickly changed that, introducing me to all kinds of different computers and software. I have enjoyed many new […]

Whatever works

October 8, 2012 by


Our current project, a study of American identity, is coming to a close and our final piece, a 7-10 minute group presentation on the subject, will be done in class tomorrow. This presentation has been over a month in the making, and has included countless hours of research, interviewing, inquiry, and conversation. Throughout all of […]

Blogging to Learn

October 5, 2012 by


This year I was introduced to blogging through the class US History Research Seminar. In the past Google has lead me to several different blogs to answer questions I had. For the most part these blogs I stumbled across were very helpful since there was an entire chain of posts and responses each with different […]

A New Type of Learning

October 4, 2012 by


In the first week of US History class we were assigned a reading about the importance of partnering by Marc Prensky. Having taken a class similarly focused on collaboration last year, I though I knew exactly where this article was headed: it was the classic “back to school” reading, trying to to set the tone for […]

An Exploration of Learning Style Interests

October 3, 2012 by


Taking a class like USHRS (United States History Research Seminar) has been a completely new experience for me.  So far at my school I have gotten used to and in the rhythm of taking classes that assign nightly work that is due the next day, with the occasional essay or longer-term project.  These types of […]

Think you’ve got time?

October 3, 2012 by


For the past week and a half, students in USHRS have been working on a project requiring that we answer some questions about American Identity, and present our findings to the class. My group decided to make a documentary-style video including interviews from a mixed population of people, and play it for the class. After […]

Technology In The Classroom

October 2, 2012 by


When I decided to take US History Research Seminar this year, I was not quite sure what I was getting into. I knew it was similar to Age of Ex, which I took last year, and that it was a project based class, yet I was not sure how I would go about doing my […]

US History Research Seminar – a Course in Procrastination

October 2, 2012 by


In keeping with the tone of last year’s first blog post, I’ve decided to once again, write about procrastination and myself. I thought it might be a nice chance to revaluate the manner in which I’m getting my work done as a junior in high school as opposed to how I did as a sophomore. […]

Homecoming Revolution

October 1, 2012 by


Through past projects in Mike’s Age of Exploration and now in this year’s US History Research Seminar, I’ve learned that in order to create an outstanding project, I need to be open to all considerations and ideas, no matter how crazy they are.  Last Friday, this same motto was proved to hold true for any […]

Who We Are, What We Do

September 29, 2012 by


We are explorers, researchers, presenters, creators, and writers. We are 21st century learners. This is a class blog kept by student-authors as part of an ongoing assignment in a 10th grade “Age of Exploration” modern world history course at an independent school in Portland, Oregon, USA. Students post reflection pieces on a rotating basis, with […]