I've been doing research on this since the idea was introduced to me last year, and I'm so excited about implementing it in my classroom!
Here's a quick breakdown on how it will work in my classroom:
Every quarter (9 weeks) students will go through the following process:
At the end of the project window, students will produce a completed product. It could be an event or service to help others in the school or community. It could also be a digital project like a short film or video game. However, it can also be a presentation of information learned from a variety of topics, ranging from ideas such as “How to create a vegetable garden”, or “How the mind creates memories”.
-Once the student has an idea of what project/topic they want to pursue, they begin writing the proposal. This is how they will pitch the project/topic to me and the rest of the class.
I created a handout with questions for students to answer.
Each week the student is required to write a blog post to discuss their progress. They will write about the week, what they worked on, what they learned, what challenges they faced, and what they anticipate in the future. Each blog post must be at least 150 words, or in some cases more.
I created a handout for this as well, outlining what they should be talking about in their blogs, and they will write these on a private Weebly website.
Throughout the course, students will have at least four days during the week to work on their research and projects. Students have to manage their time and determine how much time outside of school they must devote to their project.
Students will also learn research and technology skills during this time with quick mini-lessons done by me.
Timeline and Assessment
At the end of each nine week period, each individual will present their final product to students.
It runs as a pass/fail class. In order to pass, students must complete all of the following: Quarterly Proposal, Weekly Blog Posts, and Final Product demonstrating the result of their research.
This is my favorite resource so far that I have used, it is amazing!