Problem Solving Gets Special Attention
Byline: Kedar Deshpande
Sophomores at Glenbard North High School can take a course that offers more opportunity for independent study.
Seminar Honors is a unique course that develops the students' thinking and reasoning ability.
"Seminar is an entity all its own," class teacher Bill Beggs said. "It provides a different type of classroom experience."
Over the course of one semester, Seminar students engage themselves in mathematical and organizational problems that serve to improve their creative, critical, lateral and logical thinking skills.
Toward the end of the first semester, students form small groups and submit an independent study proposal for second semester.
Seminar's history dates back almost 20 years when a group of District 87 teachers and gifted student educators collaborated over two summers to create the class.
Seminar is taught at all four schools in District 87, but of the group that created the class, Beggs is the only one who still teaches it.
As a result, the class has not strayed from its original intent, which is to improve thinking and problem-solving skills.
Seminar students apply what they learn from specialized tests such as the American High School Mathematics Exam to the SATs to history discussions about the causes of war. …