A Day at Dottke 2

A Student's Day Is Spent In One Of Three Ways

Classes

9 Weeks

Classes meet for one quarter which means they are roughly 9 weeks long. They meet at the same time every day and include additional work outside of the normal meeting times. Typically, the only classes offered are Math and Science courses which need to meet for an extended period of time to cover course objectives that are difficult to replicate in a project-based learning setting. Grading for classes follows a more traditional model and hours worked are not tracked.

Seminars

2 - 8 Weeks

Seminars meet for anywhere from 2 – 8 weeks. Students can combine a seminar with an independent project to earn credit for a particular course or they can combine multiple seminars to earn credit. Seminars are designed to offer high interest course work that is many times designed around specific student requests. 

Math

Crush The ACT
How To Be Rich
Mo Money, Mo Problems
Become A Math Whiz (Basic Math Skills
Want to Make Some Money?
Kitchen Math
Let’s Build (Math in the Trades)
Math Design Lab
Aquaponics

8:00 – 9:00
Alex Bruzan
10 – 15 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
2/1/21 – 2/25/21
This seminar will focus on preparing students for the Math portion of the ACT exam. Students will work through released item problems from previous ACT exams. Students have the ability to earn 10 hours for work completed within the seminar and an additional 5 hours for work completed outside of class. Students should be prepared to work through frustrations around difficult problems and practice mathematical perseverance.

8:00 – 9:00
Alex Bruzan
10 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
3/1/21 – 3/25/21

While there is no formula for getting rich quick, there is actually a formula for getting rich slowly. If you are looking to be rich in your 60’s, the best time to start is right now. Through the power of compound interest, you will learn the ins and outs of slowly growing wealthy as you age. In this seminar you will learn practical applications of compound interest and how it can be used for or against you.

8:00 – 9:00
Alex Bruzan
10 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
4/5/21 – 4/29/21

There might not be another skill more adults say that they wished they had learned in school than how to create a budget. In this seminar you will be given access to a popular budgeting tool, create real or mock budgets, and learn about guidelines for spending which can create some guardrails for financial stability in life.

9:00 – 10:00
Angela Wardlow
20 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 3/26/21

Students will be able to complete basic math skills by applying different strategies that will be helpful in problem solving in their daily lives.

9:00 – 10:00
Angela Wardlow
20 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/29/21 – 3/26/21

This seminar is an introduction to the stock market. Students will learn the fundamentals of how to buy and sell stocks in order to maximize investments.

9:00 – 10:00
Angela Wardlow
20 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
4/8/21 – 6/9/21 (4th Quarter)

Students will explore the intricacies of the cooking process by applying measurement skills, paying attention to details, and working on timing all while making delicious food.

9:00 – 10:00
Angela Wardlow
20 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
4/6/21 – 6/10/21 (4th Quarter)

Students will explore math skills that are utilized in the trades and apply them to build functional items.

10:00 – 11:00
Angela Wardlow
20 – 40 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 6/10/21 (3rd and 4th Quarter)

Students will be able to apply the mathematical skills necessary to design scale models and blueprints in order to create products with the Glowforge, Cricut, and 3d printer.

12:00 – 1:00
Angela Wardlow
20 – 40 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/29/21 – 6/10/21 (3rd and 4th Quarter)

Students will be able to apply various mathematical concepts in helping to develop and maintain our aquaponics COVE

English

Short Stories
Dottke 101
Design Lab
Letters To My Future Self
The Sitcom

8:00 – 9:00
Kellen Lynch
35 Hours
Daily
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

The short story is a classic literary form designed to engage the reader for a brief but intense time. In this seminar, we will explore several short stories and delve into what makes a story go from good to great.

9:00 – 10:00
Kayleigh Bitters
20 Hours
Daily
1/26/21 – 3/26/21 (Rolling enrollment in 2 week sections throughout the third quarter)

Dottke 101 is the prerequisite course for all of the project work at Dottke. Students will learn the ins and outs of the independent This class will work through the project process that is an integral part of PBL at Dottke! This class is reserved for students who are new to Dottke, or are in need of a more structured course to creating their own independent projects.

12:00 – 1:00
Kayleigh Bitters
35 Hours
Daily
1/28/21 – 3/25/21

Design Lab gives students an opportunity to show off their creativity around a particular theme. In this seminar, students learn about the design thinking process and spend time creating physical representations of their learning.

1:00 – 2:00
Kayleigh Bitters
20 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/29/21 – 3/26/21

Students will engage with aspects of future planning through self reflection and journaling.

2:00 – 3:00
Kellen Lynch
17 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 3/25/21

This seminar will focus on examining the sitcom and how it reflects on society. Examples may include: The Office (US), The Office (UK), Parks & Rec, The Simpsons, Modern Family, and more!

Science

Create Your Own Travel Passport
Myths And Misconceptions In Science

12:00 – 1:00
Michelle Burton
35 Hours
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

Create a travel expedition passport for you and your family to virtually or someday “in real-life” travel to your dream destination. Do you have a special place you visit every year? Or do you have a national or state park you have always wanted to visit? Take this seminar to learn about all the interesting information including the science related to that travel destination. Create your own google maps/directions, learn about the plants, animals, other wildlife, geology, and astronomy of your own natural haven. Determine the best time to visit based upon the weather conditions and recreational activities you want to do. Check out the star gazing and night sky that will be illuminated during your visit.

12:00 – 1:00
Jenny Olechowski
35 Hours
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

Have you ever heard that lightning never strikes the same place twice or that humans only use 10% of their brains? Has anyone ever told you that gum takes 7 years to digest or that the blood in your veins is blue? The world is filled with myths and misconceptions about science. In this seminar we’ll examine why such misinformation continues to exist, what real science says about these topics, as well as how to apply scientific methods to debunking false science.

US History

The Cold War
Death and Dying Across Cultures
March To Freedom - Understanding the Civil Rights Movement
17 Global Goals For Sustainable Development

8:00 – 9:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

Students will discuss the causes and effects of the Cold War. There will be lectures, reading and writing assignments, and small projects throughout the seminar.

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
17 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 3/25/21

In this seminar we will explore concepts, attitudes and social dynamics of surrounding death and dying, across a variety of cultural perspectives. Topics include demographics, who dies and why, suicide, treatment of the dying and dead, religious and legal perspectives, stages of dying, caregiving, grief, cultural perspectives and rituals surrounding death and bereavement.

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

In this seminar we will explore concepts, attitudes and social dynamics of surrounding death and dying, across a variety of cultural perspectives. Topics include demographics, who dies and why, suicide, treatment of the dying and dead, religious and legal perspectives, stages of dying, caregiving, grief, cultural perspectives and rituals surrounding death and bereavement.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
35 Hours
Daily
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

In 2015, leaders from all 193 countries of the United Nations made the most ambitious plan that has ever been agreed. They identified 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This seminar seeks to teach students about the Global Goals, to show them that a better world is possible. All students will be required to complete a project in this seminar. This seminar meets every day, and students will have project completion time in class

World History

The Cold War
Death and Dying Across Cultures
17 Global Goals For Sustainable Development

8:00 – 9:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

Students will discuss the causes and effects of the Cold War. There will be lectures, reading and writing assignments, and small projects throughout the seminar.

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
17 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 3/25/21

In this seminar we will explore concepts, attitudes and social dynamics of surrounding death and dying, across a variety of cultural perspectives. Topics include demographics, who dies and why, suicide, treatment of the dying and dead, religious and legal perspectives, stages of dying, caregiving, grief, cultural perspectives and rituals surrounding death and bereavement.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
35 Hours
Daily
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

In 2015, leaders from all 193 countries of the United Nations made the most ambitious plan that has ever been agreed. They identified 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This seminar seeks to teach students about the Global Goals, to show them that a better world is possible. All students will be required to complete a project in this seminar. This seminar meets every day, and students will have project completion time in class

Psychology

Death and Dying Across Cultures
Sleep and Dreams
Wait...I'm going to be just like my parents?: An analysis of your socialization

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
35 Hours
Daily
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

In this seminar we will explore concepts, attitudes and social dynamics of surrounding death and dying, accross a variety of cultural perspectives. Topics include demographics, who dies and why, suicide, treatment of the dying and dead, religious and legal perspectives, stages of dying, caregiving, grief, cultural perspectives and rituals surrounding death and bereavement.

10:00 – 11:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

In this seminar, we will look at the typical sleep cycle, anomalies in the sleep cycle, sleep disorders, and interpretations of common dreams.

10:00 – 11:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 3/25/21

Your parent(s) and/or your caretaker(s) taught you a lot about how the world works from the time that you were born until now. Like it or not, this is how you learned rules about the society you live in, learned language, and developed your attitudes about the world. In this seminar, we will be focusing on your socialization – how you learned about society and culture. We will focus on the four main areas of socialization: Family, Peers, Schools, and Media.

Sociology

Death And Dying Across The Ages
March To Freedom - Understanding The Civil Rights Movement
Wait...I'm Going To Be Just Like My Parents?: An Analysis Of Your Socialization
17 Global Goals For Sustainable Development

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
17 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 3/25/21

In this seminar we will explore concepts, attitudes and social dynamics of surrounding death and dying, across a variety of cultural perspectives. Topics include demographics, who dies and why, suicide, treatment of the dying and dead, religious and legal perspectives, stages of dying, caregiving, grief, cultural perspectives and rituals surrounding death and bereavement.

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

Students will explore the structure and manifestations of racial inequality in the United States and how those forces resulted in the Civil Rights Movement of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. We will examine historical forces that shaped opportunities and constraints for freedom struggles; the movement’s various philosophies, strategies, demands, and tactics; activism and ideologies.

10:00 – 11:00
Phil Frahm
17 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 3/25/21

Your parent(s) and/or your caretaker(s) taught you a lot about how the world works from the time that you were born until now. Like it or not, this is how you learned rules about the society you live in, learned language, and developed your attitudes about the world. In this seminar, we will be focusing on your socialization – how you learned about society and culture. We will focus on the four main areas of socialization: Family, Peers, Schools, and Media.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
35 Hours
Daily
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

In 2015, leaders from all 193 countries of the United Nations made the most ambitious plan that has ever been agreed. They identified 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This seminar seeks to teach students about the Global Goals, to show them that a better world is possible. All students will be required to complete a project in this seminar. This seminar meets every day, and students will have project completion time in class.

Government

March To Freedom - Understanding The Civil Rights Movement
17 Global Goals For Sustainable Development

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

Students will explore the structure and manifestations of racial inequality in the United States and how those forces resulted in the Civil Rights Movement of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. We will examine historical forces that shaped opportunities and constraints for freedom struggles; the movement’s various philosophies, strategies, demands, and tactics; activism and ideologies.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
35 Hours
Daily
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

In 2015, leaders from all 193 countries of the United Nations made the most ambitious plan that has ever been agreed. They identified 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This seminar seeks to teach students about the Global Goals, to show them that a better world is possible. All students will be required to complete a project in this seminar. This seminar meets every day, and students will have project completion time in class.

Health

Health and Human Performance

8:00 – 9:00
Mike Lessard
35 Hours
Daily
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

Students will learn about healthy lifestyle options while creating a plan for increasing their physical fitness and emotional health.

Independent Living

Independent Living/Personal Finance - Legal Side Hustle

8:00 – 9:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 3/25/21

In this seminar, students will develop and carry out a planned way of making a legal additional income. Additionally, students will work with their instructor(s) to make a blog about their experiences throughout the process.

Independent PE

Independent PE
Independent PE

10:00 – 10:30
Mike Lessard
10 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 3/25/21

Students looking to take PE independently should sign up for this seminar. Students must enroll in this seminar to be eligible to earn Independent PE credit

2:00 – 2:30
Mike Lessard
10 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

Students looking to take PE independently should sign up for this seminar. Students must enroll in this seminar to be eligible to earn Independent PE credit

Advisory

At Dottke, this is open-ended time that provides the space to build and create projects

Any time a student is not in a class, a seminar or at lunch, they are in Advisory working on individual or group projects. Projects can be assigned from classes and in conjunction with seminars, but can also be done outside of the scope of a class or seminar.