The Sustainable Societies Simulation

The map of Sustainia, context for the Sustainable Societies Simulation

The map of Sustainia, context for the Sustainable Societies Simulation

A major feature of the 9th grade Social Science curriculum is the ongoing “Sustainable Societies Simulation” in which students design their own society and navigate it through a fictional world shared with their classmates’ societies. The simulation officially began this week with students picking their locations and conducting some early diplomacy to start their societies on a path towards sustainable success…

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Intelligence is grown

from: thegaurdian.com

from: thegaurdian.com

It is that time of year when the first graded assignments start arriving on student’s desks.  Students can feel varying degrees of unease, anticipation, and that twinge of excitement–hoping for that feeling “I did it”.  This post is a reminder from all of your instructors that learning is not measured in grades, it is measured in growth.  Literally.  Scientists can see physical changes in our brains when we learn!  The best part: we all can learn, regardless of the grades we have gotten in the past, or a first quiz at WTMC.

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Sustainability: the good, the bad, and the “prisoners of hope”

This year in the ninth grade academy, our classes will study questions and problems related to sustainability.

Solar installation, Wayne National Forest

Source: USDA, Wayne National Forest

At times, we might read something like this and you could end up feeling like the future is super exciting, that interesting and creative solutions are right around the corner! Other times, we might take a look at evidence like this — and you might start feeling seriously discouraged. If you want to know how the teachers at WTMC try to balance these two sides of the sustainability question, keep reading. Continue reading