The first article “Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project” provides the steps and examples of how to create a project from beginning to final product. The next article “Five Questions to Ask Before You Start a Project” posed questions the teachers should consider to make sure there are enough resources and examples to make the project meaningful for all students.
Each of the videos detailed a project the students worked on and presented to parents and the community. The projects involved community resources, teachers from universities and experts in various fields. The learning expeditions were real for the students who interviewed people, took pictures in the community and presented the projects from their perspectives and point of view.
Here are the videos:
- Anatomy of a Project: “Soil Superheroes” includes links to additional resources, teacher planning guide, and samples of student comic strips.
- Anatomy of a Project: “Give Me Shelter” includes samples of student work, links to additional resources, teacher planning guide and assessment forms.
- Anatomy of a Project: Kinetic Conundrum” doesn’t include any additional resources.
One guiding principle was prevalent throughout the articles and videos - after designing the learning project the teachers went through every step of the project, investigating, collaborating, designing and presenting a final product to the group. The teachers learned how to scaffold the tasks and learning of new skills so the students would be successful each step of the way through the learning expedition. This was a key factor in the success of the project – teachers taking the time to work through the learning project and completing a final product because what looks great on paper in reality may not work.
To read the articles and view the videos please go to Edutopia: