Group Project for Dr. Kirsten’s Courses


    “I am excited to offer a formalized way for my students to create together! This asynchronous course has been years in the making. Over the last few years, I have made group work available to several of my classes. Now, I am able to offer it to all of my students. It is so rewarding when students are able to come together to create! The sense of pride and accomplishment the students feel is palpable.” – Dr. Kirsten

    Enrollment Options


    InstructorDr. Kirsten Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 5-6 • Upper Elementary
    Grades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length16 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnTutorials are Recorded - Group check-in times with and without Dr. Kirsten are to be determined.

    Do you enjoy a challenge and learning more than what is being covered in a class? Would you like to explore a topic with a partner or two?

    If you are signed up (or are going to sign up) for a course taught by Dr. Kirsten this semester, then this supplemental Groups Project course is for you!

    In this supplemental course, you will be given the tools you need to work with others and come together to create a group project. In the classroom, you will find recorded tutorials created by Dr. Kirsten as well as other curated information to help you with creating a group project. In addition, Dr. Kirsten will work with you and your team to help guide you through the group project creation process.

    Dr. Kirsten will meet with each group at least once (day and time will vary by group) in a webinar to solidify the group’s goals. Following the initial meeting, your team will meet with Dr. Kirsten on an as-needed basis until your project is complete!

    Create something great with others this semester!

    This supplemental course includes:

    • The opportunity to work with at least one other person on a group project. You may get to work with someone from your class or you may be grouped with someone from another class!
    • Tutorial recordings from Dr. Kirsten. In the tutorial recordings, Dr. Kirsten will share key points on how to effectively work with others in a group.

    Note to parents: 

    • This supplemental group projects asynchronous course is for students who sign up for one of Dr. Kirsten’s year-long or semester-long courses (8-week courses are not included at this time).
    • Students will first be grouped by course and then by the desired project medium (e.g. presentation, video, infographic, etc.). If the courses differ (e.g. a history student with a science student), students will be encouraged to choose a project that covers both genres.
    • The group’s size will vary on availability. Most groups are between 2-4 students.
    • Before signing up: Please know that parental involvement is necessary. This includes a willingness and ability to connect with the parents of the other group member(s).
    • Before signing up: Students should understand that the group project will be decided on by the group. This means they may not be able to work on their desired topic, with their desired medium, with their desired partner, etc.
    • Before signing up: Be sure your child is ready for this course by having a discussion about what it means to work with others in a group and reading through the prerequisites located on the Materials & More tab. Students who sign up for this course should want to work in a group on a project. 

    What to Expect in the Asynchronous Classroom Each Week:

    • Complete asynchronous activities, including watching recorded tutorials created by Dr. Kirsten.
    • Check email and respond to group members in a timely manner.
    • Consistently and actively work through the entire semester until the project is complete.
    • Unlike the standard courses at Athena’s, all classroom assignments are considered Required.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to:

    • Work well with others.
    • Have the desire to work on a group project with others.
    • Must be enrolled in a year-long or semester-long course taught by Dr. Kirsten at Athena’s (8-week courses are not included at this time).

    Students should be willing to:

    • Cooperate and collaborate.
    • Consistently and actively work through the entire semester until the project is complete.
    • Share their ideas and be open to including other students’ ideas.
    • Ask questions, discuss, and indicate their progress.

    Required books & materials:

    • Students and parents will be required to sign a supplemental agreement that goes beyond Athena’s rules and regulations listed in the Athena’s Handbook.
    • Each student must have direct access to their own (or family) email address.
    • Parents must be willing to connect with the parents of the group members.