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The Independent Project
is a student-driven research project outside or
within the assigned classroom curriculum.
Students…
 Define pursuit
 Ask questions

 Research topic
 Create new understandings
 AND…..
Present results…
 written component
 physical project
 speech or lesson

to an attentive audience
of peers and adults.
Why a road trip with your students?
Because the IP…
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Relevant & meaningful
Develops expertise
Autonomy
Discernment and curation
Immersion
...
HOW to Plan the Trip
BEGINNING…
Grab a teaching partner
Build excitement & anticipation
Classroom culture

Students submit three ideas
Pee...
Student Project Topics
DURING…
Research topic using info texts
Evaluate sources
Focus inquiry
Create rubrics with students
Check-ins & mini-...
Research Skills
(CCSS)
 Questioning strategies
 Awareness of available sources
 Locating sources
 Evaluating sources (...
Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

"Standards for the 21st Century Learner." American Library Association. American A...
Writing Skills
Appropriate to level…

 Write clear, coherent text

 Provide evidence
 Use grammar and mechanics
 Revis...
Presentation Skills
Share research & outcomes clearly
 Prepare & plan for presentation

Use media for support
 Conside...
Sydney speaking on plastics in our oceans
http://vimeo.com/68024671
Mia's Presentation
Audience Skills
 Attentive posture & listening
 Considerate applause

 Thoughtful feedback & questions
Worthwhile Reading
Doug Selwyn
Ron Berger
Harvey & Daniels
Chris Lehman
Plan Your Road Trip
The Independent Project gives your
kids the keys to their own learning,
whether you provide a curricular
roadmap or the st...
Give the Kids the Keys
 Maureen Milton, Librarian,

Arbor School of Arts & Sciences
milton.maureen@gmail.com
 Shelly Buc...
How did we do?
http://national.aasl.org/session-evaluation
“Education is not preparation for life;
education is life itself.”
- John Dewey

Dewey, John. (1938.) Experience and Educa...
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  1. 1. The Independent Project is a student-driven research project outside or within the assigned classroom curriculum.
  2. 2. Students…  Define pursuit  Ask questions  Research topic  Create new understandings  AND…..
  3. 3. Present results…  written component  physical project  speech or lesson to an attentive audience of peers and adults.
  4. 4. Why a road trip with your students?
  5. 5. Because the IP…           Relevant & meaningful Develops expertise Autonomy Discernment and curation Immersion Research, reading & writing (CCSS) Knowledge making (CCSS) Confidence building Sharing/presenting (CCSS) Curiosity, creativity & innovation
  6. 6. HOW to Plan the Trip
  7. 7. BEGINNING… Grab a teaching partner Build excitement & anticipation Classroom culture Students submit three ideas Peer & teacher review Create timeline Cohort Log/journal/blog
  8. 8. Student Project Topics
  9. 9. DURING… Research topic using info texts Evaluate sources Focus inquiry Create rubrics with students Check-ins & mini-lessons Open critique/Craftsmanship Revise
  10. 10. Research Skills (CCSS)  Questioning strategies  Awareness of available sources  Locating sources  Evaluating sources (Sophie B.)  Online searching skills  Reading non-fiction  Note-taking
  11. 11. Standards for the 21st-Century Learner "Standards for the 21st Century Learner." American Library Association. American Association of School Librarians, n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards
  12. 12. Writing Skills Appropriate to level…  Write clear, coherent text  Provide evidence  Use grammar and mechanics  Revise
  13. 13. Presentation Skills Share research & outcomes clearly  Prepare & plan for presentation Use media for support  Consider audience  Field a Q & A
  14. 14. Sydney speaking on plastics in our oceans http://vimeo.com/68024671
  15. 15. Mia's Presentation
  16. 16. Audience Skills  Attentive posture & listening  Considerate applause  Thoughtful feedback & questions
  17. 17. Worthwhile Reading
  18. 18. Doug Selwyn
  19. 19. Ron Berger
  20. 20. Harvey & Daniels
  21. 21. Chris Lehman
  22. 22. Plan Your Road Trip
  23. 23. The Independent Project gives your kids the keys to their own learning, whether you provide a curricular roadmap or the student drives the inquiry entirely. Prepare for adventure, grab your to-go mug, and give the kids the keys. Road trip! .
  24. 24. Give the Kids the Keys  Maureen Milton, Librarian, Arbor School of Arts & Sciences milton.maureen@gmail.com  Shelly Buchanan, Librarian & Instructional Coordinator, Rosemont Ridge Middle School shellycbuchanan@gmail.com
  25. 25. How did we do? http://national.aasl.org/session-evaluation
  26. 26. “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” - John Dewey Dewey, John. (1938.) Experience and Education. New York: Kappa Delta Pi. Kindle Edition.

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