Hello fellow teachers/learners,
This week my students (10th grade co-teach) and I began working on our first true project based assignment. And all I can say is... WOW! I have been extremely impressed by their enthusiasm and amazing ideas. I have to admit that I was initially worried about their ability to come up with viable concepts on their own, but most have been inventive and inspirational.
There was a lot of prep on my part in regards to structure and time frame, all of which I think is imperative to rolling out a lesson of this type. But, with the help of trusted colleagues I was able to create a system that I hope works. Keep your fingers crossed please:)
Together my colleagues and I came up with a menu of ideas to help give the students a place to start from, and some examples of what the end products might look like. They were also given a Project Pitch Form to help them flesh out their creation. I modeled the form after one from Manor ISD. They are a great place to look for inspiration and logistics regarding PBL.
I briefly went over the menu and PPF with my students, and then set them free. They were basically told to create a project they would want to share with others. Their job would be to come up with the product, and a specific format for audience consumption. While some went straight to the menu for ideas, others immediately new what they wanted to do. My co-teacher and I simply walked around and helped students get what was in their brain on paper. I find that this is a big struggle for them, and I am hoping this unit can help them build confidence and strength in this area. We shall see...