Authentic work is work students do that is real to them - it is meaningful because it has relevance in their lives, or because it is for people outside of school. When students take on authentic tasks, they are more engaged, develop enduring understanding, and produce better work. In my U.S. History class, the students and I agreed that by researching and sharing stories about the era during which their parents and grandparents came of age, the students would do original historical work and create a niche for themselves in published Cold War histories. During the six-week project, students thought and acted like real historians, and published a two volume iBook set for sale on the Apple Store.
No longer a peer, as Department Chair you are the administrative liaison for colleagues and head the school’s academic program in your discipline. In this workshop, you find the orientation you need—whether you’re new to the position or have up to five years of experience and are looking for new ways to approach the job. You will gain an understanding of leadership and how it connects to your role as department head, and return to your school with effective strategies for departmental management, curricular design, and communication. Register here (click).