ALERT is a day to move
as far as you want
as fast as you want
in the direction you want.
Take care of your ALERT day and how you make use of it. You can work very hard at following your impulses and desires, avoiding making progress on your project. If questioned, you can truthfully reply that you are doing what you want.
Once the warm inner glow of profound cleverness wears off, as the days of presentation draw nearer, you may reflect on your location, velocity, and vector and find it largely unsatisfactory.
ALERT is a day to move . . .
We provide an environment one day each week for students to pursue their passions. Within very broad boundaries, you are expected to accomplish something and arrive somewhere in time to share your journey and discoveries on project showcase or presentation day.
. . . as far as you want . . .
Measure your progress and track your location. Use reflection time and self-assessments based on one of the variety of metacognitive systems we have discussed that appeals to you. Master the checklist of your choice, or combine elements to create your own.
. . . as fast as you want . . .
ALERT is not a time or place where you wait for things to happen. You have access to project guidelines, research sources, organization methods, communication coaching, and presentation tools that are available at all times, whether during the ALERT day, at home, or during homeroom extra time.
. . . in the direction you want.
Set meaningful goals and follow through on them. Develop a mindset of agency (you are the protagonist of your life story) to build a strong foundation of knowledge of an intellectually-stimulating topic or issue. Make use of engaging tools and techniques to share your findings in the best way for you.