Students at Tippecanoe Valley High School complete many projects as a part of PBL (Project Based Learning). However, teachers and students alike are expanding these projects towards the community, whether it be completing service projects or presenting a topic to city council members. One of the recent activities was the Hero Gallery.
Mrs. Melanie Mason’s and Miss Katherine Wine’s English 12 classes presented the Hero Gallery to the community. Both teachers came up with the idea after talking to their senior students about what it means to be a hero. They also discussed how to recognize heroes within the community. Seniors in both English classes planned out the project and created the final product. The students chose a person that they wanted to recognize, such as a teacher, parent or law personnel. They wrote essays about their hero and created posters about that person. Students set up their hero displays; and, during halftime at the basketball game versus Rochester, the classes presented their project. Community members were able to talk to the students. Some of the students’ heroes even came to see the presentation.
The Hero Gallery is just the beginning of PBL, community-based projects. Many students enjoy this different learning process, and hope that these activities will grow in number.