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Halftime in the Learning Locker Room

By Craig Doerksen / February 22, 2022

Why do so many sports have a halftime — and why don’t we do that more in life? At halftime, teams pause, gather in their locker rooms, catch their breath, reflect on their efforts, listen to coaches, support one another, and refocus before heading back into the game. In life — and in school —…

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Inaugural Mock Trial team goes to competition!

By Rachel Kubitz / January 28, 2022

This week I watched our students argue in court over 100 million dollars worth of stolen artwork and a museum’s allegedly fraudulent insurance claim. The judge was a real Texas judge. The courtroom was a real (Zoom) courtroom. But it wasn’t a real trial. In fact, it was a Mock Trial, and the students in…

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The School We All Want (Big Cheese Update + Showcase VIDEOS!)

By Craig Doerksen / January 11, 2022

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve described Waterloo to a friend, family member, or parent exploring Waterloo and they say, “I wish my high school was like this. Can I be a student here?”. As adults, we realize these crucial years are not best spent cramming a ton of information to take a…

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2021 Fall Showcase: Spanish II (VIDEO)

By Waterloo School / January 3, 2022

What do you need to know in order to narrate a story or talk about important events in history? Spanish II continues the general introduction to Spanish by focusing on the main past tenses. Students practice listening, speaking, writing, and reading Spanish in the context of engaging real world topics and applications of Spanish. This…

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School like it should be

By Craig Doerksen / December 29, 2021

“I hate you, Mr. Doerksen.” When spoken by a student to a teacher, those words can go in a lot of different directions! Not all the possibilities are as bad as they seem. The student’s squinting eyes and sly grin looking past her classmates down the the table to where I sat suggested her meaning…

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2021 Fall Showcase: Law and Government (VIDEO)

By Waterloo School / November 29, 2021

In Law & Government, students learn to argue — the productive way. During the first portion of this class we practiced good argumentation and persuasion, then spent some time learning about the U.S. judicial system. All this knowledge and practice prepared these students to become the inaugural Waterloo Mock Trial Team! Although the class is…

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2021 Fall Showcase: Rhetoric & Writing Project (VIDEO)

By Waterloo School / November 23, 2021

To many people, “rhetoric” is a dirty word, but to the RHE 306 students, it’s a flexible tool for persuasion. In this dual enrollment course created by the University of Texas at Austin, RHE 306 students have learned the fundamentals of argumentation: mapping the stakeholders and positions in a controversy that is important to Texans, taking a position…

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Learning Gets Real: 2021 Fall Student Showcase Highlights (VIDEO)

By Craig Doerksen / November 15, 2021

Raise your hand if you enjoy doing things that have no meaning… Now a show of hands if you enjoy showing off something you are proud of? WATERLOO’S 2021 FALL STUDENT SHOWCASE We just wrapped up our first term of classes with a showcase of student learning. Students in each class presented and showed off…

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2021 Fall Showcase: Data Science Project (VIDEO)

By Waterloo School / November 9, 2021

Whether you’re creating it or using it, data surrounds our everyday lives. How can data be analyzed to tell a story? How can we use data to form a prediction or describe patterns? How can we make sure a data set is valid and does not display bias? Our data science students addressed these essential…

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PAY ATTENTION! (🐿️!)

By Craig Doerksen / November 1, 2021

Facebook is getting a lot of attention these days…for how they keep our attention. While the social and political implications of what platforms do and don’t do is very important, the story also draws attention to… attention. Attention is a finite resource—we can ‘spend’ it or ‘invest’ it—but we do not get more of it. (ADD and ADHD…

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