- What makes a successful Capstone student? Well, that depends on how you define success.
I think that one of the main goals of the Senior Capstone project is to get seniors ready for college research. Many courses in college end with large research papers, and so its pretty important that we know how to prepare one for submission. I also think that one of the big Capstone goals is to give seniors the freedom to choose a question, and then the responsibility to narrow that down and prepare a presentation about it. Many jobs require presentations, and therefore this is a valuable skill to have. All in all, I think that the overall focus of the Capstone project is to prepare seniors for college and the future. Will it?
That is the question that I think we can use to determine whether we are successful Capstone students or not. If we work with the course, it will better prepare us for the future. If this has happened, then the course has fulfilled its duty, and we must have also. This brings us back to our original question; what makes a successful capstone student?
We have defined success in this case as being more prepared for future research/presentation assignments. Therefore, I think that some basic bases must be covered in order for a student to be successful in this course. In order to achieve with any project (or to achieve any goal, for that matter) a student must be:
- Hard Working
I think that specifically for this project, we must also be creative, insightful, and at least a little computer savvy. All of these things, when put together, will make a successful Capstone student.
- What do I expect from my fellow classmates and learning community?
I expect that they work on their projects as thoroughly as I plan too. That way we all can learn from each other, and this project time is not wasted. I expect that the learning community will be respectful of my project, and try and learn something from it, as I will have put lots of hard work and time into it by the time they see the finished product.
- What do I expect from the teacher of this class?
I expect that the teacher will be willing to help with questions, and that they will clearly define the goals and guidelines of this class.
- How do I feel about the freedom I am being given with this project?
It feels great! I have not been exited many a time for a project in school, but I am exited to work on this. This is because I can choose a topic that I really want to research and then I can pass my learning on to others in the class and community. I have chosen a topic that affects me as well as the entire world, and so I feel that this will be interesting for everyone involved.