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Looking Forward to the new school year

Looking Forward: 2015

By admin / December 21, 2014

Holiday happenings turn our eyes toward 2015, but they are also a great time to reflect on the year. Most importantly, we want to say thank you for supporting GCE Lab School as students, families, partners, and sponsors. We hope that you enjoy meaningful down-time with family and friends. We wish you a healthy, joyful,…

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Patterns of Genius- a Five Faces Online Installation

By Hiu To / December 9, 2014

For the Five Faces of Genius Elective Course, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: What patterns emerge by studying genius in others? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: “You are a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, that is opening an exhibit on creative genius. Your task is to identify patterns, highlight…

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Ollywood: Goldman Theatre

Movie Critiques- an Ollywood Online Installation

By Hiu To / December 5, 2014

For the Ollywood Elective Course, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: How can we critique the elements of film pre-production? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: You have been invited to contribute a movie critique to RogerEbert.com. For this round of submissions, the editors are requesting critiques that focus specifically on elements of…

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Stage Chemistry: Goodman Theatre

Theater Blueprint – a Stage Chemistry Online Installation

By Hiu To / December 5, 2014

For the Stage Chemistry Elective Course, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: What would my theater look like? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: The Goodman Theater partners with students throughout Chicago who participate in their Student Subscriber Series. Each school, and each student within the school, is challenged to create a theater…

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GCE Summer Immersion Classes

Summer Immersion Courses for Creative and Independent Thinkers

By GCE Lab School / November 25, 2014

With temperatures already dropping into the teens, let’s dream on warmer weather and summer plans. Please consider GCE’s Summer Immersion courses for rising 7th-12th grade students. Specifically, we aim to enroll students who are creative and independent thinkers, who care about learning in and beyond school, and who want to experience a vibrant and experiential…

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Project-based learning at Royal George Theater

Anatomy of Performance Space @ Royal George Theater

By Hiu To / November 19, 2014

Why? Students will see what they have been investigating on blueprints. They will get to see the layout of an established theater and make deductions based on what is available to patrons in terms of amenities. How? The students will prepare a question to ask and write a response based on what they were able…

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Fall Term Reflection

By admin / November 11, 2014

On Thursday, October 30th GCE Lab School students and staff hosted Fall Term Final Presentations. Nearly 80 friends of GCE from across the city came together to learn with students about their discoveries from the past term. Attendees experienced a range of student-planned and led activities including: engaging guests in key rhetorical elements through a…

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population

Animal Exhibit- A Population Online Installation

By Hiu To / October 25, 2014
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For the Population Course, GCE Sophomores investigated the following guiding question: How can you speak the language of scientists who classify? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: “Your local children’s museum is planning a STEAM exhibit (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) to use art to teach children how we classify organisms in a…

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equality

Declaration of Rights- An Equality Online Installation

By Hiu To / October 24, 2014
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For the Equality Course, GCE Seniors investigated the following guiding question: How may we all claim the same rights? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: “There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take…

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Students Working

Welcome back to GCE and to Fall 2014

By GCE Lab School / October 23, 2014

Students are flourishing in a supportive environment with teachers dedicated to their craft, and GCE continues to establish itself as the premier innovative school in Chicago. Please engage in a few current GCE Lab School activities online before we see you in person at Final Presentations on October 30 at 10:30am.

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design and engineering

Empathetic Garden Tools- A Design & Engineering Online Installation

By Hiu To / October 22, 2014
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For the first Design & Engineering Action Project, GCE Junior students investigated the following guiding question: How do we make better tools? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Garden projects like GCE’s are sprouting up all over cities around the country, as urban communities begin to realize how successful and rewarding they can be.…

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Marty McConnell at GCE

Story Forming with Marty McConnell

By Hiu To / October 16, 2014
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Exploring Equality at Jane Addams Hull-House

Exploring Equality @ Jane Addams Hull-House

By Hiu To / October 15, 2014

Why? Students are studying the Hero’s Journey during their final Unit, and are being asked to analyze examples of heroes who passed through the stages of the journey, both fictional and real. While we have focused on fiction throughout the term, students will have an opportunity to study a real, local hero by actually exploring…

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design focused project-based learning

Design Process & Prototyping @ gravity tank

By Hiu To / October 9, 2014

Why? This term we are studying design, and how to make things better. The purpose of this FE is to io introduce the class to professional designers, and to get them to start thinking like designers. How? To do this, we will be touring the gravitytank office, talking to professional designers and completing a design/empathy…

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Labor

Economics & Equality in Labor @ Chicago Teachers Union

By Hiu To / October 8, 2014

Why? Students engage experts about labor unions and labor laws.

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Exploring history through art

History Through Art @ DePaul Art Museum

By Hiu To / October 8, 2014

Why? Unit 2 of Rhetoric is focused on rhetoric that unites, and the students have studied speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Students have also been practicing evaluating other media, specifically visual art, for rhetorical devices. Studying different kinds of texts has been eliciting insights and…

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Commercial Food Cycle

From Grower to Grocer

By Hiu To / September 24, 2014

Why? The purpose of this Field Experience is to follow the life of fruits and vegetables to understand the different hierarchies and patterns of labor throughout the food’s journey from earth to mouth.

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Collecting sample for water project

Testing Ph of Collected Water

By Hiu To / September 24, 2014

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Project-based design & engineering at Alt Cycles in Chciago

Empathetic Design @ Alt Cycles

By Hiu To / September 24, 2014

Why? We are studying bicycles, their evolution and how they are put together, so we can then design our own. How? We will be talking to a bike shop employee about the parts that make up a bike, their purpose, and the choices designers make when using certain parts over others. What? Preparation: Students will…

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GCE at Poetry Foundation

Poetry @ Poetry Foundation

By Hiu To / September 24, 2014

Why? There is an emphasis on the oral tradition in Unit 2, and some students have already expressed an interest in poetry as a form of story-telling. Students will visit the Poetry Foundation and receive an introduction to the organization by its library Director. Afterward, students will have time to explore the Poetry Library. How?…

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