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Learning Gets Real: 2021 Fall Student Showcase (VIDEO)

By Craig Doerksen / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Learning Gets Real: 2021 Fall Student Showcase (VIDEO)

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 / Comments Off on 2021 Fall Showcase: Data Science Project (VIDEO)

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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Learning how to fail

By Craig Doerksen / October 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Learning how to fail

I was in Atlanta recently at an education conference and a colleague who I’d not seen since we had started Waterloo wanted an update on how we were doing. Being an educator he asked an important question, “How do you know what you are doing is working?” So I shared with him one of the…

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Do we need managers or leaders?

By Craig Doerksen / September 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Do we need managers or leaders?

The pandemic has disrupted a lot, right? A lot in the workplace, and a lot in schools. And, when things get stirred up, we notice status quo features of life, school, or work we had not seen before. They were always there, but once we see them in the light, we realize—that’s not a feature, that’s a…

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Why Waterloo? Preparation for College and Career (VIDEO)

By Waterloo School / May 3, 2021 / Comments Off on Why Waterloo? Preparation for College and Career (VIDEO)

Watch Andrea’s story about how Waterloo supported her athletic career and prepared her for her journey with the US Air Force.

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2021 Spring Showcase

By Waterloo School / May 1, 2021 / Comments Off on 2021 Spring Showcase

Roll out the red carpet! It’s showtime and all the Waterloo students are ready to show off the hard work they have done in their projects.  We are so grateful that we were able to have our first in-person student showcase since the Winter term of 2019-2020!  Follow each class’s link below you will find…

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2020 Fall Showcase

By Cory Bys / November 1, 2020 / Comments Off on 2020 Fall Showcase

A few themes ran through our projects this fall: one of them is civic engagement—in the season of national challenge and heated elections, many classes looked at how we live, contribute, and engage the world around us for good. What does it mean to be a citizen? What does it mean to be an adult?…

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How to be RARE in the time of Coronavirus

By Craig Doerksen / August 7, 2020 / Comments Off on How to be RARE in the time of Coronavirus

I have always appreciated the cool head and heart in a hot room. You know the person: something happens that others react emotionally to in fear and alarm, and the cool, calm, collected person brings confidence, peace, and hope to those around him or her. I appreciate the coolness, because that kind of calm creates…

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Pandemic? Grades? College? Help!

By Craig Doerksen / July 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Pandemic? Grades? College? Help!

If we’re honest, the college application process over the last ten years has seemed to get worse for students without improving the outcomes. Higher stakes for tests, grades, and resumes to feed a more competitive application process (partially because students apply to twice as many colleges as they once did). Add to that a pandemic,…

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2020 Spring Showcase

By Cory Bys / May 1, 2020 / Comments Off on 2020 Spring Showcase

THE WORLD IS ALWAYS OPEN FOR LEARNING—EVEN NOW What do we study during a historical pandemic? We look at the old questions, and find new relevance. Spring Term 2020 was like nothing we had planned even just two weeks before it began.  Yet the world is always open for learning, even now. There is a…

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