Welcome to The Vista PLA

A companion site to The Narrows


Yes, things change. As the label on one of my favorite shirts says, ‘Change is the only constant’. And so the VPLA website is being transitioned. Still here, still part of how we do business here in 11th grade social studies, but different.

From this point forward, this site will be a companion site to The Narrows – our self-paced, self-guided, gamified learning environment that represents a wholesale shift in how we teach and learn.

This site, then, will be the digital space that students maintain their portfolios. The work they do in The Narrows will require them to publish digital portfolio updates (DPUs) every week, to include where they’re at in their current inquiries, what they’ve produced, and a discussion of their short- and long-term goals.

This site is where those DPUs will be published. By every student. Every week. They’re broken down by period (see the top menu), and you should feel free to have a look.

The Narrows

Victor F – DPU – 5/30/17

UPDATE I am working on my final course and have completed 1 of my demonstrations of learning S/T GOALS By Friday I will have done all 3 of my demonstrations of learning L/T GOALS There is no time left for a long term goal DEMONSTRATION OF LEARNING America through...

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Javier C – DPU – Week of 5/30/17

UPDATE I have now started a new course which is America Through Foreign Eyes and I did complete my goal which was to present My DOL to Mr. D last Wednesday. S/T GOALS My short term goal is to work on my course everyday for 1 hour L/T GOALS My long term goal is to make...

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DPU – Reed O – Week of 5/1/17

UPDATE I am in week 1 of my Coursera course. On my last DPU I planed to complete week 1 by now, but I haven't done so yet, as it is a long week and I had paused a lot to take notes. S/T GOALS I will finish Week 1 of the Kennedy century by next week, start week 2, with...

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Victor R – DPU – Week of 5/1/17

UPDATE I have developed my EQ with the help of Jeb. Now I am working on coming up with ten GQs to guide me in answering my EQ which I have started my claim on. S/T GOALS This week I will complete my ten GQs so that I can get right into answering my EQ. L/T GOALS I am...

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Jasmine D- DPU- Week of 05/30/17

UPDATE Last Week I start on Coursera Course of America Through Foreign Eyes and I did complete my goal of moving on to the second week on course. I even went to the third week. S/T GOALS My short term goal is to work on my Coursera course for about 1 hour everyday...

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Jasmine D -DPU- 05/15/17

UPDATE I had made my decision on doing a coursera cousre and I have started my new coursera course which is America Through Foreign Eyes. S/T GOALS This week I would like to start my first week and do up to my second week as well and have a good understanding of it so...

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