How can you incorporate authentic projects in your classroom? Which projects engage students in deeper learning? How can you invite students to find their own voices, act as agents of their own learning, experiment creatively, practice fluidity among different media and forms of expression, make connections and grow a sense of empathy in themselves and others?
MAKING MEANING: CREATING CIRCUIT POETRY
In a Creative Writing class, students learned how to use craft circuit tape and LED lights, layered with collage elements, to discover a physical reality to metaphor and a deeper meaning in poetry.
PURSUING YEAR-LONG "GENIUS" PROJECTS
Students followed their passions in year-long projects, blogging about their progress, preparing TED-style talks, designing prototypes, soliciting feedback from professionals, and delivering exhibitions of mastery.
INNOVATING TOGETHER: DESIGN TEAMS
CEOs, appointed by the teacher, interviewed their classmates; negotiated to form teams, researched problems using the design thinking model; they prepared presentations for a team summit, collaborated on a prototype, and shared with an authentic audience.