Welcome to the MakerSpace Workroom for Curriculum Compacting
Why am I here?
Congratulations! Based on your exemplary test scores, pretests, portfolio and/or other performance, your teacher has determined that you have already mastered the content the class is working on at this time.
To keep you challenged, during your usual class time you will instead report to the Makerspace workroom for Curriculum Compacting.
What will I do?
Unless your teacher has sent you an assignment, that is up to you. The only rule is you must work on something interesting to you.
How will I decide?
Select one from the list of ideas below. You do NOT have to choose the same subject area as the class you are compacting out of.
If you change your mind or encounter a glitch that prevents you from moving forward, you can select another one. Get Ms.Gurthie’s permission before working on a project idea, course, or site not listed below.
What if I don’t finish my compacting during the time allotted?
No problem! Just see how far you get at this time. You can come back and finish another week or decide to leave it and move on to something else next time. This is an option for you anytime you prove advanced mastery on a topic your class is studying.
Is there a grade or test?
Compacting is advanced exploration so it is not graded, you have already shown mastery for a grade but you will complete an evaluation on the last day showing and/or telling your teacher what you worked on and what you learned.
These black hole resources are for my compacting students, and all who are interested in them.
First, let's think size, with the coolest interactive, now a classic with The Scale of the Universe
Now a little background with Black Hole Basics
Where do you want to go from here? Choose a topic and follow your interest. You can go down a internet rabbit hole of black hole info by following links from the background article above, watch some educational videos to learn more about black hole science, or create something yourself (but not a black hole, sorry, see me to brainstorm other ideas)
This is Ms. Gurthie's place for students at Piedmont and elsewhere to find resources to fuel their passions. Besides making fun lesson ideas for teachers, I wanted this space to provide PD for students too!