Project Planner What will the students learn? (content/skills) What will the students create? (products)What is the Essential Question(s) that will drive this project? Draft here. • Should be open-ended and provocative • Begin with end in mind________________________________________________________________________________________________________Common Intellectual Mission • What content/skills will ALL students learn (regardless of role or other student choices)? • What individual roles/jobs will students take on in this project?Adult World Connection • What is the real world application for this project? Why is this work important? • Who is the audience for the project? How will work be displayed publicly? • How will you connect adults and professionals from outside of school to the project?
Personalization • How will you incorporate student choice into the project? • How will you challenge more advanced students? • How will you support IEP students? • How will you support ELL’s? • How will you assess and evaluate each student’s effort and work? Tips • DUE DATES: Beware of extending due dates! • USE BENCHMARKS: Use project benchmarks/tasks/drafts to keep track of student’s progress and help them keep up with the project work. • Avoid group grades! • Assess LEARNING not just responsibility. • Allow students a role in developing rubrics(?) • Allow access to rubrics ahead of time; post on DP • Keep parents posted on progress during project so there are no surprises with grades at the end!Example Essential Questions • How have maritime discoveries, advancements, and events shaped our world? • Why do humans need to protect the earth, and how can we as six graders play a role in this? • How can high school students help to address issues of poverty and hunger, in both our local and global communities • How have ancient civilizations influenced each other? • How can an election candidate effectively persuade voters to elect her/him? • How can a home be designed to have little impact on the environment? • How have the simple inventions of the past helped to create the complex life of today? • Is war ever justified? • How are things different when you cross the US-Mexico border, and why? (sub-questions below) o Why is a McDonalds so hard to find in Tijuana? o Why do the living conditions in Mexico seem poorer than in the U.S.? o Why can’t I drink the water in Mexico? o Why do people illegally cross the border into the U.S. from Mexico but not vice versa?