Flashback: Kensington students explore world with Project Term

Kensington students explore world with Project Term

Livingston Press & Argus
August 5, 2012

Students at Kensington Woods High School in Genoa Township take part in the Greener Livingston class of Project Term, a three-week school term during which students take part in intensive, interdisciplinary, project-based classes such as technology, art, physical fitness, science and humanities.

Students at Kensington Woods High School in Genoa Township take part in the Greener Livingston class of Project Term, a three-week school term during which students take part in intensive, interdisciplinary, project-based classes such as technology, art, physical fitness, science and humanities.

Kensington Woods High School students took part in Project Term, a three-week term in which students take part in intensive, interdisciplinary, project-based classes.

Originally conceived as a late-spring activity when students were restless and looking for something different, Project Term has become a popular and integral part of the Kensington Woods curriculum, reflecting the mission of the school, which is to create a small, personal learning environment that focuses on a college preparatory curriculum through innovative and engaging methods.

Each class is designed as an intensive, rigorous exploration of the topic, with high student engagement and voice.

Course options range from subjects such as technology, art, writing, physical fitness, science and technology, and differ from year to year. Some of this year's choice included Intro to Cooking, Experimental Photography, Tall Ships Adventure, Greener Livingston, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Pure Michigan and Board Game Builders.

"Project Term provides students and teachers a unique opportunity to continue building upon academic foundations set in place during the regular school year." said Mary Rohn, Kensington Woods teacher. "It allows learning to occur in a less formal setting with challenging, interesting, exciting and meaningful classes that offer something for everyone's interests. The results are long-lasting and heartfelt."

Teachers incorporate innovative and engaging teaching methods like project-based learning, interdisciplinary learning, technology, service learning and community involvement.

"Project Term is a valuable opportunity for all school members to build relationships with one another and the community as they engage in meaningful learning experiences that take them outside the classroom and the school," said teacher Shawn Pollman

Project Term classes are small and students only take two classes over the course of the three week term, allowing students and teachers to create strong relationships that last beyond the term and into the next school year.

"Project Term is a chance for you to try new things and work with other students and teachers that you might not normally," said junior Katie Martini.

Teacher Markus Muennix said, "Project Term offers a unique opportunity for students and teachers to connect and see each other in a different light."