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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects
42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects by Terry Heick So often, we make learning more complicated than it has to be. Local planning requirements are usually at fault here–plan this way and prove that you’ve done so here and here, fill out this and this, etc. Those legitimate concerns aside, the following series of fill-in-the-blank prompts can be used by teachers to create lessons, students to create projects–or teachers to collaborate with students to create lessons–or projects. Or, well, you get the idea. Please steal them, add to them, or otherwise do with them what you will. 42 Project-Based Learning Ideas For Any Content Area A few examples of how it might work? Clarify racism in the United States for a high school in India. Design and publish a compelling eBook your friends would actually want to read using a simple smartphone app. Practice coding until you can make a ball bounce. Compare the force of a tsunami with a nuclear bomb.

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Making the Most of Google Keep This is a guest post from Avra Robinson (@AvraRachel) of EdTechTeacher, an advertiser on this site. Google Keep is a program that allows users to quickly and easily create, access and organize information such as notes and lists. Before discovering Keep, I'd been using a different note-making app on my Android phone. I made lists, checked items off lists, and colored my notes for easy sorting, but I was so accustomed to the world of sharing!

The Life Of A Project: Emotions And Project-Based Learning Project-Based Learning: Inside The Life Of A Project by Terry Heick At some point, I saw “the life of a project” diagram on pinterest, and thought it did a brilliant job of capturing the emotion of teaching and learning through projects. So I took the idea, attributed to Maureen McHugh, and applied it to education. You can see the results above, and the text below. As I reproduced it, I thought a circle made more sense than a line graph, but staying true to McHugh’s vision, I kept it as a giant check mark for now. 8 Steps To Design Problem-Based Learning In Your Classroom What Is Problem-Based Learning? by TeachThought Staff What is problem-based learning?

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Using Technology To Redefine The Way Schools & Communities Connect How To Connect Schools And Communities Using Technology: A New Approach by Terry Heick Fixing Detached Schools Via Tech It’s possible that there is no time in the history of education that our systems of educating have been so out of touch with the communities. Problem-Based Learning or Just Another Project? Use This Checklist to Find Out A few days ago I posted Amy Mayer’s comparison between assigning projects and developing project-based learning in the classroom. Due to its immense popularity, I decided to do some more research on helpful charts for teachers trying to implement PBL in their classrooms, and was thrilled to come across this checklist from the good folks at BIE: This checklist is a fantastic way to ensure that you are on the right track with shifting away from “doing a project” and moving towards project-based learning. Even if you are still at the planning phase, this is a great graphic to get you thinking about the essential elements you should include in your next project-based learning unit!

How making expands students' visions of themselves SmartBlogs The goal of maker education is not college and career preparation. The goals are deeper learning and authentic engagement, with an emphasis on turning learning over to the learner. However, making is the best college and career preparation that I have encountered, in part because it isn’t the core goal.

Why Learning Innovation Can't Come From Teachers Alone Why Learning Innovation Can’t Come From Teachers Alone by Terry Heick Grant Wiggins, a learning expert who has inspired me since my first year in the classroom, recently wrote about the intersection of academic standards and creativity. “Why do people insist on viewing the Standards as inconsistent with teacher creativity and choice? I am baffled by such uncreative thinking. 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources by Shannon Dauphin Project-based learning is becoming increasingly popular as teachers look for a way to make lessons stick in the minds of their students. According to Edutopia, studies have shown that students who use project-based learning remember the material much longer and have healthier attitudes toward education. Project-based learning is based on the idea that students learn best by tackling and solving real world problems.

App Smashing For Educators: Leveraging Tools To Maximize Communication Parent-teacher communication has always been a cornerstone for success in education. For decades, schools have attempted to build and maintain this crucial bridge to lasting learning. Research shows that the stronger the connection between home and school, the greater the academic achievement can be for students. In socioeconomically challenged school districts, this correlation is magnified tenfold! 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters. Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often.

24 Project Ideas from Global Digital Citizenship Foundation Project Based Learning in the Classroom: Project Ideas Year 10-12 includes projects with these driving questions: What goes into training and improving the performance of a professional athlete?Why are creative minds and critical thinkers so crucial to the evolution of our way of life?What does it take to turn your passion into a business?How can we show the parallel between modern life and the lives of characters in classic works of literature?How would understanding the function of our planet’s core help us to become more environmentally friendly?

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Teachers Books You, and We, Love On Your Lists • Learn Like a Pirate: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed By Paul Solarz —Stephanie Laird, @SLaird2 • The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing By Ruth Culham “This will help me learn new strategies to support my students’ writing with mentor texts.” —teacher adviser Theresa Quitshaw