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1 CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS CONVENTION 2011 CONFERENCE PASSING THE BATON FROM OW TO WOW! MOTIVATE STUDENTS THROUGH PROJECT-BASED LEARNING Kathleen Kopp Teacher on Special Assignment, Citrus County Schools Author and Presenter: Maupin House Publishing

2 TODAYS AGENDA Rationale: Why use project-based learning strategies? Examples of creative, fun, and engaging projects students can use to demonstrate/apply learning in the content areas Jazz up your student reports! Assessment as a critical component of project- based learning Simple steps for getting started Resources

3 WHY TEACH WITH PROJECT-BASED LEARNING? Dynamic approach to teaching Authentic learning opportunities Interdisciplinary Emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, and communication: 21 st century skills Students explore real-world problems and challenges Active learning Engaging Motivates students to find out more about a given topic Gives students a reason to learn and apply learned skills and information

4 WHAT WOULD YOU RATHER DO? Your principal has assigned your team to read an article related to homework practices. She asks for some evidence of learning. This will be part of your overall year-end appraisal. Would you rather… 1.Write a summary of the article 2.Create a Power Point of key points from the article 3.Write a narrative which includes examples of best homework practices described in the text 4.Create a poster to explain best practices with regard to homework with real examples of homework assignments 5.Interview other teachers regarding their homework practices and compare their ideas with those in the article 6.Keep a journal of your own homework assignments throughout the year and analyze how they are aligned with the ideas in the article 7.Other

5 PROJECT-BASED LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM Simulations Investigations STEM activities Building or constructing models Writing Projects Collaborative Projects Problems Prompts WebQuests or other online activities

6 WRITING PROJECTS CLOZE ACTIVITIES, LEARNING PROJECTS

7 VOCABULARY STORIES Have students write an original summary or story using all their vocabulary words from the unit. Collect the students work. Use it to evaluate their learning.

8 CHECK UNDERSTANDING WITH A CLOZE Write a class summary or story using all the vocabulary words from a reading selection or unit of study. Type it using a word processing program. Insert blank lines (_____________) for each vocabulary term. Provide copies of the cloze student activity sheet and terms. Have students complete this activity to assess their understanding of the vocabulary presented in the reading selection or unit of study.

9 SAMPLE CLOZE There once was a __________________ named John. He felt left out of the __________________ group because only two of his four sides were parallel. All the other __________________ had two pairs of parallel lines. Gina was the meanest. She thought she was perfect because she not only had two pairs of parallel lines, but all her sides were equal, and all her angles were right angles, too! Secretly, all the other __________________ called her ___________________. Fred was a __________________. He was kind of like Gina because he had two pairs of parallel lines and all four right angles, but only his opposite sides were equal lengths. Then there was Sarah, the __________________. She was very proud of her two pairs of parallel lines, but she did not have right angles. She thought her beauty shined like a diamond! square quadrilateralrhombusrectangletrapezoid

10 LEARNING PROJECTS Animals If this animal opened a restaurant, what would it be like? Develop a menu of appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. Illustrate and describe the setting for the restaurant, and explain where other animals of this kind can go to experience a GREAT meal.

11 LEARNING PROJECTS States Someone from long ago has suddenly found himself or herself in todays society. Write one weeks worth of journal entries from this persons perspective. Describe the most astounding differences between then and now related to your state.

12 LEARNING PROJECTS Historic People The People Channel wants to do a show about this famous person. Develop three or more scenes or segments for the show. Each scene should highlight an important event in this persons life.

13 SAMPLE LIST OF STUDENT SUMMARIES OR STORIES Anecdotes Articles Biographies Book jackets Book reviews Brochures Diaries Fairy Tales Folktales Ghost stories Interviews Legends Letters Mysteries Plays Postcards Proposals Reviews Science fiction stories Speeches Summaries Tall tales Travelogues Tributes

14 TRY THIS! TERMS colonist Puritan proprietors cash crop settlement pilgrim covenant Begin a graphic novel about the Colonial period. Include all seven vocabulary words in your narrative. Write a ghost story that takes place during Colonial times. Include all seven vocabulary words in your narrative. Write a Colonial town tour script as if you were a tour guide leading visitors through a living history museum. Use all seven words in your description of the town.

15 WRITING PROJECT RESOURCES Lots of great authentic writing project ideas in the Learning through Writing Series (Maupin House Publishing, Inc.) Award-winning Series!

16 WRITING PROJECT RESOURCES End chapters of Strategies for Writing in the Science Classroom and Strategies for Writing in the Social Studies Classroom Try them a la carte!

17 SIMULATIONS Role Playing Taking a trip to Canada Oregon Trail Crossing the Delaware Interpersonal Activities Bafá, Bafá Dont forget to have students write about their experience!

18 INVESTIGATIONS How Much? What is the ratio of peanut butter to chocolate in Reeces Peanut Butter Cups? What is the ratio of sunflower seeds to other seeds in a bag of birdseed? What is the total dollar value of a shopping cart full of crushed aluminum cans? Applied Sciences How does a pinecone reflect an ecosystem? Nature trail observations Interactive play: reflection, refraction, absorption Dont forget to have students write about their experience!

19 STEM: SCIENCESPOT.NET Problem/solution-based Structured Reflective Collaborative Rolling On: Your friend challenges you to move a ball in a continuous circle. He claims that this will not happen without an outside force acting on it. You accept your friends challenge. You are confident this will be easy! Identify the problemTest the prototype Do researchEvaluate your device Develop two or three plansEvaluate and redesign Choose on planCommunicate results Design and construct a prototype

20 STEM: SCIENCESPOT.NET People have wanted to build taller and stronger structures for centuries. What is the tallest free- standing structure you can build using straws and pipe cleaners? Hypothesis Plan Construct Revise plan Conclude shop.pitsco.com/activities/ Dont forget to have students write about their experience!

21 COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS Make a board game Brick or Break: The Cold War Game Math games Science trivia Learning posters

22 COLLABORATIVE PROJECT: BOARD GAME Understands how post- World War II reconstruction occurred, new international power relations took shape, and colonial empires broke up. Understands how the Cold War and conflicts in Korea and Vietnam influenced domestic and international politics. Board Game Cover Accessible at: old+War+Game old+War+Game

23 COLLABORATIVE PROJECT: LEARNING POSTERS

24 TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS WebQuests or Online Activities Down the Drain Prezi Desktop Publishing Podcasts Websites Interactive Activities Blogs

25 WHY NOT PROJECT-BASED LEARNING? Time, time, time… Prep work Assessment and evaluation challenges Non-traditional Hard to document mastery of skills

26 HOW TO MAKE PROJECTS COUNT Decide on the objectives of the lesson. Determine a suitable format/project matched to the objectives. Determine how the learning objectives will be assessed. Determine how the project will be evaluated. Set reasonable expectations. Include students in these decisions. Set reasonable timelines. Plan class time to check in with students.

27 EXAMPLE Unit Objective: Determine the impact of key figures from Ancient Mesopotamian civilizations. SS.6.W.2.8 Historic People The People Channel wants to do a show about key figures from Ancient Mesopotamia. Develop three or more scenes or segments for the show. Each scene should highlight an important event from the Mesopotamian civilization.

28 ASSESSMENT RATING SCALE Criteria 0 Not There 1 Attempted 2 Limited 3 Good 4 Exemplary Facts Information Impact on Civilization 3 Accurate Scenes Dialogue Entertainment Value Grammar Spelling Punctuation TOTAL: _______ / 28 Comments:

29 ASSESSMENT RATING SCALE CriteriaPoints PossiblePoints Earned Accuracy of facts and information 20 Descriptions of impact on civilization 20 Word choice 20 Scene development 10 Use of dialogue to tell a story 10 Engagement of audience 10 Correctness of grammar, spelling, and punctuation 10 TOTAL 100

30 ASSESSMENT RATING SCALE: COLONIAL AMERICA CriteriaPoints PossiblePoints Earned Effective and appropriate use of seven terms 35 Format is appropriate for content 20 Accuracy of facts and information related to the Colonial period 20 Clear beginning, middle, and end or text structure 10 Correctness of grammar, spelling, and punctuation 10 Engagement of audience 5 TOTAL 100

31 TIPS FOR SUCCESS Plan adequate class time. Inform parents of project: Objectives and expectations Deadlines Evaluation criteria Call for help Make projects directly related to content area skills and information. Remember to include writing skills in evaluation criteria! (ELA teachers can help with this.) Develop and share evaluation criteria ahead of time.

32 DONT DELAY! USE PROJECTS TODAY! Project-based learning allow students to internalize their learning. Project-based learning helps students apply essential vocabulary. Project-based learning allows students to use the content they are learning in an authentic context. Projects are an effective summative assessment strategy when done well. Projects can be used to assess student learning of any subject matter. They should include clear, measurable expectations. (And, students should know these expectations ahead of time.)

33 PROJECT-BASED LEARNING SUMMARY List 3 reasons to use project-based learning with students. List 2 examples of project-based learning ideas. Write 1project-based learning idea you can use in your classroom before the end of the semester.

34 THANK YOU FOR SPENDING TIME WITH ME!


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