A Day at Dottke

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. 

Quarter 3 Seminars

English

Dogs Book Club
The House On Mango Street
Dottke 101
Write! Write! Write!
Book Club With HB
My Personal Road Map
Create A Personal Time Capsule
The Sitcom
Science Fiction Study
Dottke In The Kitchen

8:00 – 9:00
Jeanine Daugherty
35 Hours
Daily
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

This seminar will focus on reading books about our favorite topic, dogs. We will run this in a book club format where we read and discuss the book.

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

This seminar will explore Sandra Cisneros’ novel, House on Mango Street. This short novel is packed with powerful themes and relatable issues as we explore Esperanza’s coming-of-age story through the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. Students will read the novel, explore the genre, analyze the themes, and create a project based on the conversations generated through discussions related to the text.

9:00 – 10:00
Kayleigh Bitters
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

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.

9:00 – 10:00
Kellen Lynch
35 Hours
Daily
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

This seminar is focused on developing different types of writing, going through the drafting process, and exploring ways for students to publish their work. Half of the seminar will focus on writing while the other half will focus on publishing.

10:00 – 11:00
Erin Hanson-Baisley
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 3/25/21

Do you love to read? This English seminar is for students who love to read and would like to be a part of a book club. In this book club students will work together to choose a book for all participants to read. Students will determine the reading schedule and guide discussion topics. Discussion topics will be related to the book, but also will be social issues which arise in the book. Possible novels to read could include; On the Come up by Angie Thomas, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, or another book the book club members chose. Meets 2 days a week for the entire quarter. Each student will develop A project about a discussion topic or social issue from the book

1:00 – 2:00
Jeanine Daugherty
17 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
1/28/21 – 3/25/21

Students will create a personal road map as they explore what they would like their futures to look like. We will look at further education after high school, careers, relationships and places to live.

1:00 – 2:00
Jeanine Daugherty
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

Students will create a personal time capsule showing who they are as a student/teenager.

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!

2:00 – 3:00
Kellen Lynch
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

Students will look at seminal examples of the science fiction genre in both visual and print media and analyze how it has influenced society..

2:00 – 3:00
Erin Hanson-Baisley
35 Hours
Daily
1/26/21 – 3/26/21

Do you want to know more about how to prepare healthy meals for yourself and your family? Do you want to know more about nutrition? Do you want to learn more about how to follow a recipe and plan meals? If so, this seminar is for you. In this seminar you will learn some nutrition basics, how to plan meals, how to shop smart, as well as how to prepare healthy and delicious meals. There will be live cooking demonstrations by guest chefs from our community, opportunities for students to reflect on their own eating habits and how to make healthier choices. Some supplies will be provided by the school. Students will need to provide some of their own supplies. Final projects will be personalized for each student based on their interests. One example could be creating your own cooking youtube channel to highlight your learning about healthy cooking/ eating.

Science

Myths And Misconceptions In Science
Create Your Own Travel Passport

12:00 – 1:00
Jenny Olechowski
35 Hours
Daily
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.

1:00 – 2:00
Michelle Burton
35 Hours
Daily
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.

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
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, 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
Emotional Health and Stress

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.

1:00 – 2:00
Jenny Olechowski
35 Hours
Daily
11/5/20 – 1/22/20

Emotional Health and Stress emphasis is on recognition of, and enhancing awareness about, how stress affects human health and performance. Stress management techniques such as relaxation, effective communication, cognitive-behavioral approaches, eating behaviors, regular exercise, and time management are explored.

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

1:00 – 1:30
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

Quarter 2 Seminars

English

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs
Blogging
Dottke 101
The Evolution of the Super Hero
Color My World - Poetry, Photography, and Art
How Do I Find And Apply For Scholarships?
Storytelling in Video Games
#Enough

8:00 – 9:00
Jeanine Daugherty
35 Hours
Daily
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

If you think you would enjoy learning more about man’s (and woman’s) best friend and then doing an English project this is the seminar for you. We will look at why dogs are such a great match for us humans and brush up on your English skills. .

9:00 – 10:00
Kayleigh Bitters
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

This seminar will meet twice a week and will work to develop personal or professional blogs that enhance students voice and experience. We will build the blog, identify voice and purpose, develop writing skills and peer review, and publish work to a particular audience.

9:00 – 10:00
Kayleigh Bitters
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/21

Dottke 101 is the prerequisite course for all of the project work at Dottke. Students will learn the ins and outs of the independent PBL model used at Dottke as well as grow in understanding around all of the systems that take place at Dottke.

9:00 – 10:00
Kellen Lynch
18 Hours
Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

This seminar is focused on the evolution of the comic book as a medium and will go into topics such as themes, character archtypes, the rise of the super hero movie, and more! Example projects may include doing a psychological profile on a super hero and the student creating their own character(s).

10:00 – 11:00
Erin Hanson-Baisley
35 Hours
Daily
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

In this Seminar students will combine poetry with photography and art. We will read and listen to contemporary and classic poetry, reflect on the poet’s message, try our hand at writing our own verse, host weekly open mic and spoken word/ slam poetry readings. Students will use the poetry to create artistic and/ or photographic images. All students will create their own portfolio, which will include their poetry, art and photography.

1:00 – 2:00
Jeanine Daugherty
35 Hours
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

In this seminar we will spend our time looking for and applying for scholarships to help you pay for college. We will also take a look at the colleges you are interested in. This class is for Juniors and Seniors only.

2:00 – 3:00
Kellen Lynch
18 Hours
Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

This seminar focuses on video games as a medium to tell a story. This seminar will explore the evolution of storytelling in video games including the earliest examples to current blockbuster titles. Possible projects could include creating our own video games!

2:00 – 3:00
Erin Hanson-Baisley
18 Hours
Daily
11/5/20 – 12/18/20

In this English seminar students will read, cast, direct and perform 7 student written plays about gun violence in America. The performance will take place virtually on Monday December 14, which is the anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting. Students in this seminar will organize, plan, invite, facilitate and lead a community viewing of the plays and post performance conversation about gun violence in our community. Students interested in being a part of this seminar must be willing to participate actively in the planning and execution of the performance.

Science

Independent Project-Based Science

12:00 – 1:00
Jenny Olechowski and Michelle Burton
35 Hours
11/5/20 – 1/22/21

Students wishing to earn science credit through a project of their own choice should sign up for this seminar. Here students will work to:

1. Choose a science topic to learn about
2. Create a project designed to meet specific learning targets for the science credit
3. Work directly with a science teacher to plan individual projects, monitor progress, troubleshoot/tune the project and complete project reflection documents.

Students will earn 1/2 science credit by completing = this seminar AND its corresponding science project.

US History

World Religions
History of Peace and Non-Violence
How Music Has Shaped History

9:00 – 10:00
Mondays and Thursdays
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

Students will learn about the core beliefs of a variety of religious traditions throughout the world and explore how those faith traditions have impacted the world around them. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/21

Students will explore how the use of non violence and the commitment to peace has been used as a tool for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

Students will learn about the core beliefs of a variety of religious traditions throughout the world and explore how those faith traditions have impacted the world around them. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

World History

World Religions
History of Peace and Non-Violence
From Human Existance to Civilization
How Music Has Shaped History
Global Goals For Sustainable Development

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

Students will explore how the use of non violence and the commitment to peace has been used as a tool for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/21/21

Students will explore how the use of non violence and the commitment to peace has been used as a tool for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

10:00 – 11:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

In this seminar, we will be looking at theories of how humans got on earth and the transition from nomadic life to living in a civilization .

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

Students will explore how music has been a force for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/21

Students will explore how music has been a force for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

Psychology

Psychological Disorders

9:00 – 10:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

In this seminar, we will discuss some of the more commonly diagnosed psychological disorders. Students will learn the causes, effects, and treatment options for a variety of psychological disorders.

Sociology

The History Of Peace and Non-Violence
How Music Has Shaped History
Race, Age, Gender, and Ethnicity

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/22

Students will explore how the use of non violence and the commitment to peace has been used as a tool for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

Students will learn about the core beliefs of a variety of religious traditions throughout the world and explore how those faith traditions have impacted the world around them. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

12:00 – 1:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Mondays and Thursdays
11/5/20 – 1/21/21

In this seminar, we will be looking at Race, Age, Gender, and Ethnicity from a sociological perspective. We will be studying how each of these aspects of society affect our individual behaviors and the behaviors of society as a whole.

Government

The History Of Peace and Non-Violence
Global Goals For Sustainability

9:00 – 10:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/22

Students will explore how the use of non violence and the commitment to peace has been used as a tool for social change throughout the world. Students will be expected to complete a project for this seminar in order to earn 0.5 credits.

12:00 – 1:00
Dave Stolpe
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays
11/6/20 – 1/22/22

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.

Health

Emotional Health and Stress

1:00 – 2:00
Jenny Olechowski
35 Hours
Daily
11/5/20 – 1/22/20

Emotional Health and Stress emphasis is on recognition of, and enhancing awareness about, how stress affects human health and performance. Stress management techniques such as relaxation, effective communication, cognitive-behavioral approaches, eating behaviors, regular exercise, and time management are explored.

Independent Living

Independent Living - Career and Living Choices and Budgeting

10:00 – 11:00
Phil Frahm
18 Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays
11/6/20 – 1/22/21

In this seminar, students will explore possible career options, choose a place to live based on the expected take-home salary of their top career, and create a budget based on his/her expected expenses.

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.