As a spring trimester project in Jessie's Spanish classes, students put their language and creative skills (including lighting and costuming) to work by creating music video projects, both solo and in teams, covering Señor Wooly's clever tunes.
In Physical Science with Kelly W., 8th graders built their own Rube Goldberg machines – which demonstrate principals of energy and momentum by performing a simple task in a lengthy, complex way. You can watch ten different students demonstrate their work here!
A popular fall trimester English elective, One-Acts Workshop invites seniors to dive into dramatic structure, character development, conflict, and dialogue, informed by Artistotle's The Poetics, and ultimately to write their own one-act plays.
InLight Diversity Magazine and The Cageliner (student-run newspaper) have been finding new ways to share news and stories from a distance – and to keep student writers and artists engaged in extracurricular pursuits.
Following our campus closure this spring, InLight co-editors Kyra '21 and Sigita '21 quickly decided to forge ahead with a new issue and new theme. As Kyra wrote in her opening letter, "We figured that everyone could use a little extra light and hope in their life, and this issue is intended to bring those things to you!"
In Maureen's Advanced Art History, students are exploring Post-Impressionism and Cubism through different media: Ellie S. '20 compared and contrasted Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" with an African Mblo Mask by the Baule peoples; Arianne D. '20 crafted a dating profile for Paul Cézanne; and Kira R. '20 and Sofie S. '20 created new work, inspired by views and objects in their homes.
In Kelly W.'s Science 6 class, the hands-on work continues, even when students are at home. During a recent video-conference, each student built a miniature "lego landscape," then drew a simple topographic map and shared the results. This activity spins into work with real maps of DC and discussions of watersheds.
To keep our students moving (from a distance), Brian is creating a series of 5-minute conditioning videos, each including 10 exercises. These 30-second exercises provide ample time to transition to the next routine.
It may be a challenge to draw from a live model at a distance, but Isabel made it possible for her Figure Drawing class this past week! Students all gathered on Google Hangouts Meet, sketched together, and shared their work at the end.
Monica M. reports that "desperate times call for ... Passion Projects in 8th Grade Values and Ethics!" Students thought about personal interests and topics that they could pursue in the weeks to come – ideally ones that could take them away from screens and involve moving, making, or doing.
In the first week of Online Learning, Amy C.'s 7th Grade Life Science class were challenged to explore their homes, yards, and neighborhoods (while observing social distancing) to find abiotic and biotic factors.
Collaboration is a key tenent of the Burke experience, and teachers have the autonomy to design their own curriculum using the most effective practices and methodologies. To that end, teachers chose different media and means to translate the classroom experience into the online space.