|We've talked a lot about urbanization and industrialization. This student has found an online, 3D city builder. She's planning on building an ideal city then using Screencast-o-matic to create a video explaining her decisions!|
If you don't want to read the whole thing, here are the basics:
- Kids can do ANYTHING they want as long as it satisfies 3 essential questions that tie what their doing into our class goals. Kids are encouraged to build and create rather than complete.
- Kids have to find an adult to mentor other than the teacher who will help them during their project.
- The projects will last almost 3 months and culminate in a public presentation day.
- I pledge to give approximately 20% of class time to this project for the rest of the year.
- I'm doing a project with the kids - this blog. I am going to blog about the kids work on this blog each day. That's an extra 12-13 blog posts for me!
***Day 2 - Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Kids are continuing to come up with really great ideas. I am giving the kids 5 straight days to work on their projects at the start here. The idea is to give enough consecutive days for each student to fully develop a project topic, idea and plan of action. I also want to give plenty of time for the kids to reach out to their mentors. To give some examples, I have kids who are reaching out to:
- Sly James - Mayor of Kansas City
- Robert Kenner - Director of Food, Inc.
- A civil engineer at a local firm, SEGA
- A visual artist who is apparently pretty big in the online scene...I can't remember the name right now and I misspelled it in my notebook!
- I have a student looking to connect with a neurologist to do a project on the brain and learning. Anyone out there want to help with that one?
|Two students collaborating on their project. They are going|
to be conducting a series of interviews with people of have
taken the Islamic Hajj to Mecca.
The part about all of this that I'm enjoying most is seeing kids react when I do something unexpected. Here's an example. I have a student who wants to study art and culture. We were brainstorming and without much surprise came up with the Nelson Atkins. In the middle of class, I took out my cell phone and called my grandma. She lives in Santa Fe now, but she used to be a member at the Nelson Atkins and I thought she might know someone. She did, gave me a number, and we'll see where that goes!
The world is about making connections! That's what this project emphasizes, especially with its requirement to get an adult adviser to help. I love history as much as the next history teacher nerd out there, but learning how to make a phone call to a stranger and ask for advice is a more important skill than anything I'll teach kids about history! If I can instill this skill in kids while still having the kids learn about history, then it's a win-win situation.
|Brainstorming looks for a campaign to stop wars.|