Study Skills

Following are the study skills we will be teaching and reinforcing in each of our units.
Study Skills
This unit will allow students of all different learning abilities and levels to acquire important developmental skills. One of the skills that will be most prevalent within this unit is group work. Students will have to learn how to work effectively in a variety of different groups on a large number of tasks. Formative assessment tasks or surveys will occur throughout the unit to test how well people are working together as a group. They will have to learn how to share workload evenly, become active participants as well as listeners, and work together to complete tasks. Every step of the Health Fair project is decided on by students, so its success depends on how well students are able to work together.
Another important developmental skill, which goes along with group work, is self-management. Students are given a lot of freedom of decision in this unit, especially with the service learning project and culminating activity, with the teachers acting as guides and aides. This requires students to utilize their strengths and take leadership over the projects. Students will learn to delegate, manage their time, create goals,monitor productivity, and take responsibility, which are such important skills for students to learn.
With self-management, comes the ability of task initiative and completion. Because the activities are dictated by the students, they will have to develop the skill of taking initiative. The students will have to take initiative to develop the projects for the Fair and see them through to completion. The activities of the Fair and the service learning project will be their project, and they need to take pride in it, and work to see their plans turn into a reality, while learning the curriculum along the way.

Research Skills
This unit will have a strong research project associated with it, primarily in the History and Science curriculum. Students will frequently be asked to research the health of various populations using the World Health Organization database, as well as medical resources for disease research. In addition to this activity, students will learn how to develop a thesis statement and use their research to support their argument with evidence.
Students will also work with technology to create presentations in both English and history that will be displayed during Health Day. In history, this manifests itself as a display of the information learned by each student in a group during the research project portion of the unit.