A primary goal of student work is for students to demonstrate their knowledge, whether through traditional testing, papers, or projects. Each year, Whitfield students participate in an exhibition, a graded presentation that includes teachers, parents, and classmates. The focus and format of each grade's exhibition are determined by the teaching team.
Projects vary widely, including the following:
- Juniors crafting, assembling, and demonstrating Rube Goldberg projects, applying their knowledge of mechanics and simple machines. The work required mathematical analysis of the steps involved to explicate the machine's functioning.
- Ninth graders presenting the ninth grade curriculum in a fair format to visitors; in small teams, they determined how to best describe the projects they were assigned, ranging from creating food demonstrations to crafting videos of student work.
- Sixth graders collecting the projects they completed during the year and organizing them in a Portfolio for presentation at the exhibition.
Another goal of student work is for students to understand that learning is a shared process, not a solitary experience confined to each child. Therefore, seminars, group work and presentations are very common in Whitfield's classrooms. The halls are filled with student work that encompasses many of the academic disciplines, not just the arts.
Please stay tuned as we add examples of student work to the site.
Senior Oral History Project
Advanced Photography Phobia Project