This project is well worth the time, energy, and effort it takes to orchestrate. At the same time, a project like this directly addresses state academic standards and district curriculum expectations. For the teacher, bringing a project such as this to fruition necessitates a thorough understanding of the standards and curriculum, of course, but beyond that, it is a matter of organization and planning and, above all, faith in the students.
Their gain in research and composition skills, in comfort with technology, and in the ability to work collaboratively is extraordinary. The book made an impact on the students beyond the skills they gained and the recognition they garnered.
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Their definition of a hero expanded from the vision of a super-powered individual in a cape and Spandex to someone who serves others. My students were inspired by the person whose life and work they researched. An English teacher for 37 years, I have taught in secondary schools in Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Indiana.
View all posts by Sarah Powley. How refreshing to read both of your project-based learning approach, and your commitment helping students recognize the true heroes in our communities.
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Hope that this model is being adopted elsewhere. Like Like. Thanks, Carolyn. I am hoping to do just that! We have many school partners in our building everyday tackling broad issues from immigration reform to food science to autism awareness. Time to give these unsung heroes a loud shout-out from my 9th graders! Catherine, you have heroes all around you!
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How wonderful! I am thrilled that my experience can serve as a framework for your work. Please let me hear from you when you have completed the project! Best wishes—and let me know if I can be of any further help.
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Semester One Students received intensive writing instruction the first semester, especially regarding formal writing conventions and organization of ideas. Semester Two Students formed groups of three, self-selecting their partners, and established an account on google. Like this: Like Loading Published by Sarah Powley. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:.
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You may like Self Improvement. Self Improvement. We tried to conduct all the interviews on the same day in the school library, but of course, not everyone was available on the day we selected, and in some cases, it was inconvenient for the hero to come to school at all. I sometimes drove groups of students to on-site locations and arranged for their parents to pick them up. To be honest, when the hero was associated with a facility—such as the Boys and Girls Club and a second-hand store for impoverished families—it is helpful for the students to see the facility.
Students set up the interview by phone or by email. Although I coached them in the art of interviewing, I stayed out of the interviews myself aside from taking photographs. Their essays went through several revisions. Line editing came last, and both the students and I did this at various times.
They also each wrote a reflection. Students submitted their work to me as a Word document, and I did take over as the master technician on setting up the pages. Eventually, the document turned into a pdf file.
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The books could have been published using an online company, but the submission deadlines for these companies did not work with the school calendar very well, so I elected to work with a local printing service. Frankly, I am glad I did. We were able to receive a galley, make final corrections, and still meet our publication deadline.
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Besides, the printer I worked with had a lot of good advice for us and accommodated our schedule well. He even attended our celebration at the end because he had had a hand in this production, too. At the celebration, the students introduced their heroes, a few students spoke to the audience about the process and what they had learned, and often the heroes made little speeches themselves.
All this was followed by a mass book signing. The heroes were even more enthusiastic than the students about collecting signatures!