On this page we will be adding projects that we are currently working on, and have worked on in the past.
If you have a child who might enjoy working through any project we are currently working on with us, then please don’t hesitate to Contact Us and we can work out how to get in touch; Skype, Google+, email etc. We are very happy to engage as much, or as little as you and your child may like. Connor is fluent in English, Korean and Chinese if you would like to use a language other than English. We would be equally happy to discuss joining a project that you may be currently working on.
The questions, essays and projects that we decide to do are normally linked to things that Connor is working on at the moment and that interest him. We try to keep these assignments as cornerstone items in his learning for particular areas and we expect them to be done to quite high standards – but also to be a fun and challenging learning experience.
Pride & Prejudice
Type: Essay based on a book (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
Due: April 4th 2014 at 4pm
Length: Minimum 1500 words (Max of 2500)
Topic: “Explore the developing relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. How do they misunderstand each other, and when do they reach accord?”
Why: Pride and Prejudice is a classic for a reason. It is beautifully written and incredibly insightful when looking at characters. It is also the kind of book that would not normally make it onto Connor’s reading list. Connor is a prolific reader, however it is usually only in a couple of genres. I am not expecting him to add romance novels to his standard roster of reading material (unless he would like to!), however I do think that sometimes reading outside your normal genre(s) can serve to expand your mind. This particular project is not totally a child-led one! Connor was however keen to move this up the project schedule so that he could apply some of what he learned from the Ender’s Game project to this exercise.
Viking (Norse) Mythology
Type: Video presentation
Output: 30+ Minutes of MOOC-style video-based instruction
Topic: Viking (Norse) Mythology
Why: Connor has an intense interest in this mythology, which has been sparked by books such as the Iron Druid Chronicles, the Brotherband Chronicles and Lord of the Rings, to name just a handful. There is very little content out there on this area and so we thought that it would be interesting to create some of our own and also interesting to learn some of what is involved, by way of planning, execution and technology used to create MOOC style video content.
What Makes for a Successful YouTuber?
Type: Whatever medium is best for answering this question – it may be written, video, audio or some combination or something else altogether.
Output: Anything that clearly explains the topic and it’s answer.
Topic: “What makes for a successful YouTuber?”
Why: Connor watches a LOT of YouTube – it is his primary source for MineCraft information, inspiration and entertainment. Beyond MineCraft he also watches a few other channels. He has spoken several times about starting his own MineCraft channel, so we thought that it might be interesting to research what makes for success on YouTube – what combination of activities can lead to this success?
Type: Essay based on a book (Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card)
Due: Friday 14th February 2014 at 4pm – Extended after discussion to the 28th.
Length: Minimum 3000 words (Max of 3500)
Topic: “Explain what Ender learned at Battle School about himself, about leadership, and about friendship. Examine the role of his teachers, his fellow students – both friends and enemies – and the nature and purpose of the battle games.”
Connor has just finished reading the Ender’s Game series for fun, after going to see the movie. Additionally we are currently studying ‘Was Alexander Great’
on EDx which discusses Alexander and his leadership style. Connor is also keen to work on improving his writing style and we are all keen to work on his critical reading and his ability to form structured written arguments.
After some discussion this was graded as a B+. It is Connor’s first effort at writing a significant essay, with most school projects to date being things like a half page diary entry, creative writing story or similar. It is a very good first effort, however there are significant issues with the structure and the conclusion totally fails to draw together the elements properly. We have had significant discussions on the issues (and also on the many good things about it) and we are all sure that there will be significant improvement in future efforts.