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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Further Clarifications About Projects 13, 14 and 15


I warned you that this semester was experimental. You are asking lots of good questions about Projects 13, 14 and 15. Here are some additional clarifications:

More on Time Allocation and Project Length
How long will it take for your students to do the project and attain the objectives you wish to accomplish? That is the answer to "How long should the project take." Without experience it is hard for you to determine how long projects should take. In any project some students will attain the objectives faster than others. This will vary form project to project. How do you engage the fast learners? How do you help the slower learners? You need to think about these issues. You are not able to answer them now. Practice will teach you these things. But you must be prepared to address these issues. So make some assumptions. Specify those assumptions. Include in your plans your strategies to address the issues I have raised.

The objective of this assignment is to get you to
a) to construct project based learning activities
b) that use technology
c) that can be evaluated
d) that address specific state standards
e) that can be shared with others - usually on a form specified by the principal

EDM310 students developing their lesson plans (Projects 13, 14 and 15) for Elementary students should plan to devote approximately 45 minutes to an hour a day for either one or two weeks. Anthony used one week last year but this year is switching to two week projects (for the most part). On Day 1 Anthony introduces the question. Days 2-4 or 5 (depends on other class demands) and 5-6 are for research and consultation with their group. Days 7-8 or 9 are for creating a method for sharing results (maybe a video, presentation, play, skit, blog, letters , weather maps - whatever is appropriate than can be shared). Days 9 and/or 10 are for sharing (and evaluating - Anthony evaluates using the ACCRS as a rubric or with a rubric he has prepared that incorporates the ACCRS into it). Be clear the assumptions you make are clear to the reader of your plans.

In high school it might be different. If you will be teaching high school, think about what your time frame might be. You will not be expected to cover a range of subjects and to address as many objectives as will elementary teachers. Be clear the assumptions you make are clear to the reader of your plans.

What About Science Standards?

Starting in Grade 6, science standards are incorporated into the Reading Standards. They have not yet been adopted for grades K-5. See Grades 6-12: Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects.

For All Alabama standards go to Alex.

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