So I added a LOT of links to some great apps and technology that I think give students and teachers creative options for presenting and expressing themselves! There are also some great Apps/Websites on there that are just AWESOME and I had to put on there anyway.
Thank you to my friends and co-workers who are taking time out of their day to run through the website and provide me feedback!! It has been so helpful. I am adding, deleting, and modifying constantly--so keep the critiques coming!
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One thing I wanted to point out about the PPP. Since it is truly a hybrid it has components of project based learning, concept-based units, and standards-based units. As a gifted teacher I want to make sure that the "conceptual lens" is accounted for. As a classroom teacher I want to make sure the standards are accounted for. As a human I want to make sure that the unit is relevant, diverse, and motivating.
It is easy to see the standards up front, but lens is hiding a little and takes a different form. In the (Point) project, students use the information
As I keep adding items to the pages I have realized that it is a never ending process. There are so many incredible philosophies, curricula, strategies, practices, activities, and projects out there that could be added to this "tank."
So, I intend on never stopping. I will constantly add, delete, and modify the contents of this site. I have already renamed a lot of the steps to the PPP and am eager to get that updated.
I didn't stick to the the standards that I chose from the beginning...and I think I added more. But that is the beauty of this process. It should be growing, changing, and FOCUSING as you construct the task.
I went to Childersburg's Innovation Showcase the other day and one of the teachers I was talking to said above all...there must be voice and choice. The students chose their Driving Question because it meant something to them and were guided from there. Nothing creates motivation better than VOICE AND CHOICE! All the students were very passionate, thorough, and organized! I loved it.
Edutopia has a great article about keeping your focus during a PBL activity.
I am still in the middle of filming and doing the voice-over for the process of creating the culminating performance task. As I am doing it--a hundred other ideas are flowing into my brain. I wanted everyone to know that this method should allow a lot of room for the free flow of ideas. If you want to change or add...do it! It may end up in a very different place than you intended--but most likely, it will be a better place that you are more excited about. For example, I had no idea that I would end up with the driving question of, "How can I make the world more aware of our effect on ecosystems and animals...thus ourselves." Even further than that--I think I changed from habitats to ecosystems unintentionally. They are both on the course of study for fourth grade, but you will see by the end that the standard may have changed, narrowed, or broadened...AND THAT IS OKAY!
Also, I highly recommend that you do this with a team of people at a big table with a giant piece of white paper. Don't be afraid to ex things out and connect across the paper. Don't just brainstorm what they need to learn but HOW...throw in technology, literature connections, and any place you think a student can have choice--give it to them.
While teaching creative thinking to my students I began to see a trend. A lot of creative thinking stems from showing them how to find connections that other people can't see. There are many tools out there to strengthen your creativity. Some of these tools such as Morphological Forced Connections, SCAMPER, and Remote Associations help fire off the connectivity that your brain is capable of but may not know how to do yet. I am using this type of creative thinking strategy to create a culminating performance task by forcing standards together that one may not have thought to do...this in turn sparks the brain to force connections and create a thought provoking, real-world, and cross-curricular project that is fresh.