Now that you've participated in a few projects, having your
students help you design a collaborative project can be an educationally
rewarding activity. Involving your students in the beginning steps
can be an engaging activity that requires higher order thinking.
Follow these 2 steps which will help you develop your idea
for a collaborative project.
1. Read these
Here are some tips to consider as you begin developing
your idea for a collaborative project.
Tips for Developing
- Have your students begin developing the project
idea at least 1-2 months before you intend to announce
- Pick a topic that you are familiar with and that
appeals to students. Allow the students to have some
decision-making in the topic and/or what they would
like to learn about this topic.
- Collaborative projects should be mutually beneficial
to all participants...how will learning be enhanced
for your particpants?
- Clearly identifying learning goals and expectations,
activites that target the learning goals, and how
this information will be shared with all participants
will help ensure a successful project.
2. Download this
This activity sheet is designed for educators but can
be adapted by the teacher for students. Download this activity
sheet to record your pre-planning thoughts for a collaborative
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Developing an Idea
Follow these steps:
- Will this enable our class to do something we couldn't do
- Will this enable our class to do something we could do before,
Project Title: _____________________________________________
Curriculum Areas: ___________________ Topic: _______________
- Select a topic that you would like to know more about and
record it in the blank above.
- Write a question about your topic. Your question should begin
with one of the following:
- Why? (Analysis: Why do things happen the way
that they do?)
- How? (Problem Solving: How could things be made
- Which? (Decision Making: Which do I select?)
|1. Record a question about your
|2. Restate the question into
a statement that describes what students will learn in 50 words
or less (approximately 255 characters).
- Identify the curriculum area(s) and record it in the blank
- Select a project title that is interesting and clearly reflects
- Use as many "Assessing
Student Knowledge" worksheets as you need to record:
- learning standards (reference number of state learning
- learning objective (matches the learning standard)
- activity description (how student learning will achieve
- assessment (measures how well student learning achieves
the learning standard)