Reflection: Student Ownership CAPSTONE: Feeding 9 billion through sustainable farm design (1 of 3) - Section 4: PEER REVIEW CHECKPOINT: CAPSTONE unconference


Unconference structures are increasingly common in adult learning environments and are appropriate for secondary students, especially near the end of a course.  Unconference are the end result of a culture of structured conversation.  I use speaking protocols, emphasize Common Core speaking and listening skills through formal presentations, and value feedback through baby shark tank activities.  Unconference are generally not appropriate for students that lack the skills they require.  These are informal and loosely structured.  If students cannot structure conversations on their own, this is not an appropriate strategy.  That noted, unconferences are an impactful structure for authentic, student-driven conversations.


Unconference overview 1


Unconference overview 2


Unconference in action




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CAPSTONE: Feeding 9 billion through sustainable farm design (1 of 3)

Unit 5: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Lesson 22 of 24

Objective: By the end of the first part of the Food CAPSTONE experience, student will be able to 1) identify broad human needs that are unmet by the current global food system and 2) define specific problems that, if solved, would meet the food needs of the growing global human population.

Big Idea: The human population will approach 9 billion by 2050, but our current food system was not designed to sustainably feed so many. How might we apply our understanding of agricultural methods to feed 9 billion people in an environmentally sustainable manner?

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