In the Path elective, students participate in college research to help them better understand the various options that are currently available. At Strack, the Path students selected different colleges and universities to learn more about, including public colleges, community colleges, and private colleges. The research had to include whether the school was private or public, 2 years or 4 years, and if it was commuter or residential. They also had to find out the student-faculty ratio, the gender ratio, the number of undergraduates, the ethnic diversity of the college, the location, the 6-year graduation rate, the tuition and fees, and the school’s mascot/team.
Everyone in the class made a poster including all of this information. In the end, they had such a great variety of schools including vocational schools, junior colleges, 4-year public and private, and even one international school!
All students then took a “gallery walk” where they gathered information on each school and critiqued the posters of their peers. Shannon McCauley, Strack 8th Grader, shared, “It’s a good way to learn about different colleges in other states, and different types of colleges such as community, public, and private colleges, as well as learning the advantages and disadvantages of the different colleges.”
Students went to each of the posters and wrote what they liked or disliked about it and if all the information was there. The students gained great information about the different types of schools and universities and what each has to offer. It provided lots of information to help students start planning for their future.
They also learned a great deal about how to positively critique their peers’ work. McCauley reflected, “This was a great way to bond and communicate with the classmates without hurting their feelings because everyone always has something to work on.” As an additional “side effect,” the students also realized how to improve their own assignments.
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