FAQs

Q: Where can I find a copy of all of the 21st Century Skills?
          A: For now, there are downloadable documents at the bottom of the home page of this site. Most of those were taken from the 21st Century Skills Site.

Q: What are we supposed to do for PLP Presentations?
A: The committee is developing clearer guidelines for PLP presentations, especially for underclassmen. In the meantime expect each student to be able to tell what PLP work has been completed, to talk about goals (including not being sure about goals), to talk about individual strengths and challenges.
A draft of a presentation guide can be found here.

Q. Do only seniors do PLP presentations?
A.: All students should make a presentation each year. Although the senior one is the one that "counts," three chances to practice and many other chances to observe can help students make improvements to have the best possible senior presentation. Find an organizer here that may help your students put their thoughts together.

Q. Is there any difference between a senior presentation and an underclass presentation?
A. One way to look at the underclass presentations is as practice opportunities. If each student presents each year, receiving feedback and hopefully improving, the senior presentations should be fantastic! So work your way up from very informal. The first year presentations may include a lot of questions from the presentor and may rely heavily on questions from the audience. The audience may be just the teacher and a small group of students at first, culminating in a formal presenation to the whole class in the senior year.

Q. Do they absolutely need an artifact for it to count? If so, does it matter if it is just an image representing what they did or must it be the actual assignment/activity they wrote about?
A. Yes, they need an artifact. It may indeed be an image. For example, an ROTC student can show leadership with a photo of his/her collar devices. A reflection about Global Awareness may be accompanied by a picture of the student in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Q. How picky are we being about the reflections? My students range from AP kids to students who struggle with the basics of grammar but are putting effort into it.
A. Follow the rubric. If students are struggling with these skills there are many resources available. Seeking help, repsonding to feedback, persevering are 21st century skills and the repaired reflections could even become an artifact for another skill!

Q. What should the presentation look like? My students told me it's a slideshow with pictures of family and friends (they got this from current seniors). What should it actually be when they present?
A. Presentations can take any effective form, including slide shows and webpages. It's possible that the presentation be a collection of real life artifacts that the student will talk about

Q. Who do they present to? Just the home base or more?
A. Ideally the will present to their class. In the past seniors have also invited parents or other significant adults. We recommend that you encourage each to present to the whole class, but you may accept presentations to smaller groups.

Q. If students had their reflections from freshman year, do they still only need to do the 12, or is it only 12 if your reflections from freshman year were lost to Moodle?
A. We will not be distinguishing between those who actually lost their work and those who simply don't have it. Juniors and seniors need 12 reflections.

If your question is not here, contact your grade level representative or another member of the PLP-Advisory Committee.

PLP-Advisory/Structures and Strategy Committee:
9th Grade:  Allen Thomas Music Room
10th Grade:  Randa Thomas Room 213
11th Grade:  Rosalind Deptula Room 21
12th Grade:  Susan Hill Room 206
Guidance Rep:  Dave Steckino


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