Seminar is another unique piece of IB in Henrico County. The purpose is to instruct students on many program topics such as CAS, IB assessments, and the Personal Project. In addition to the learning the nuts and bolts of the IB Program, educational lessons are built around the IB Learner Profile traits and each month a different trait is highlighted. This is accomplished through films, discussions, essays, guest speakers and other activities. The 9th grade students meet Mondays with the coordinator on a rotating schedule throughout the academic year.
The theme of this year for freshmen is “What skills do I need to achieve my goals?” Through seminar lessons, students will evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and will work on developing skills critical for academic and personal success.
4/15–A senior visited to talk about her PP. We discussed the upcoming proposal conferences and the role of the supervisor. You also made cards for the incoming IB freshman class.
3/18–Today we explored the Global Contexts that will play a large role in your personal project.
3/11–We kicked off the personal project by taking an Interest Inventory to help brainstorm some ideas of projects you may be interested in.
3/4–We finished “Hidden Figures” and had time for a brief discussion on the film.
2/25–“Hidden Figures” continued.
2/11–We began viewing the feature film “Hidden Figures” in recognition of Black History Month. We will continue on 2/25.
2/4–Ms. Hunt visited to talk about building healthy relationships and effective communication. PowerPoint
1/7–Students read on article on micro-progress. It’s the idea that even the smallest task can help create momentum to encourage us to accomplish our goals and help avoid procrastination. We also watched a Ted Talk on how to better manage your time and take control of your schedule.
11/26–Ms. Hunt, IB counselor, visited to talk about her role and how she can support you. She also shared tips on preparing for the upcoming midterm exams. See her PPT for the details.
10/29–final day of CAS meetings. ANNOUNCEMENT: If you want to work with computer programming languages, learn how computer systems work, and engage in cybersecurity programs, join the JRT Computer Science Club. Sign up http://tinyurl.com/jrtcssignup
10/22–You learned how to post your experience descriptions in ManageBac. I met with students who signed up for appointments. See the handout for the CAS timeline and directions.
10/1–We continued talking about what CAS entails. You received a handout with guidelines and deadlines (**we ran out of time to review this. It will be distributed at the next seminar). You signed up for a meeting with Mrs. Harper during the month of October. Today is the first deadline–to create an account and sign in to ManageBac. Check your junk mail for the welcome email and link. Begin to think about the kinds of experiences you would like to pursue and how they connect to C, A and S (creativity, activity, service).
9/24–The Ethics Council visited today to do an introduction to Tucker and IB.
9/17–We reviewed the 9th grade curriculum and expectations of seminar. We introduced a core program component: CAS. Sign up to meet with Mrs. Harper to discuss your ideas.
9/10–We began by doing a drawing of how you are feeling about high school. You received the handouts below and we went over the content.
Hello, Freshmen! Seminar will begin on Monday, September 10. You will report directly to the Auditorium at the beginning of period 1. See you then!
Forms due to the IB Office on 9/24: