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Seeking Shakespeare Mentor in Maryland Suburbs of
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2077  Thursday, 9 December 2004

From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Thursday, December 09, 2004
Subject:        Seeking Shakespeare Mentor in Maryland Suburbs of Washington, DC

Dear SHAKSPEReans:

My daughter Rebecca is seeking a Shakespeare mentor for her sixth-grade
project.

Here is a description of the mentor's role in that project:

The sixth graders at Friends Community School (FCS) complete an
interdisciplinary, inquiry-based project during the second semester.
Each student chooses an inquiry topic of interest and pursues a course
of learning around that topic that incorporates science, math, art,
writing, social studies, and community service. This is an opportunity
for our students to complete an in-depth exploration of a topic of
interest and integrate the skills that they learned throughout their
years at FCS.

Each student is expected to work with a mentor throughout completion of
this project. A mentor is an adult that has some expertise in the
student's inquiry topic, or expertise related to the inquiry topic. A
mentor guides the student in their exploration. A mentor's role may include:

* guiding a student in narrowing or focusing a topic as the inquiry evolves
* direct instruction related to a student's topic
* helping a student find community service related to the topic
* facilitate finding materials and information
* facilitate the design and completion of each component of the project
* supervise the overall scope and sequence of the project
* developing a new, more mature relationship with the student around a
common interest

The amount of time that a mentor spends with student is dependent on the
nature of the project and the design of the individual components within
the project. The mentor and student agree upon when and how often they
will need to meet during the course of the project.

A detailed overview of the project can be found at the teacher's
website: http://www.eclass.wthole.com/parentletter6thproj03.htm

We live in College Park, Maryland, and the mentor would obviously have
to be someone living reasonably close.  Further, Rebecca's weeknights,
including Fridays, are pretty much accounted for with five dance
classes, and flute/recorder and piano lessons.

If anyone is interested, please contact me.

Hardy M. Cook

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