To support students in developing a sense of responsibility for their studies, their class, and ultimately themselves.
To provide student a platform to share vital information about themselves, their worries, excitement, and questions; to create a sense of community and common ground early in the year.
To enhance students’ learning through cooperative learning strategies.
To obtain the highest benefit from group projects and cooperative learning to ensure that collaboration enhances learning.
To provide students with a sense of purpose and direction as they work together to complete learning objectives.
To build in the routine of students holding one another accountable for learning and presence in class.
To create a shared experience for students through a collectively created work of art.
To build structures in which AP teachers act as coaching mentors for students.
To allow students to talk about about themselves using AP resources/materials/guidance for particular parts of students’ stories.
To establish trust between the teacher and students and amongst students through a variety of relationship-building activities.