This module serves as an introduction to REAL Projects. Students will explore the components of REAL Projects, the exemplary projects completed in UK schools, and will use the project planner to design a project of their own.
What You’ll Learn:
- The six components of REAL Projects and their significance to project design
- How REAL Projects in the UK demonstrate the six components in their design
- How to design a REAL Project for use in your classroom
Reading & Response
1. Read “I used to think”, by Joe Pardoe, below. Joe introduces a significant shift in his understanding as an educator when he was introduced to REAL Projects.
Response: What aspect of his personal reflection resonates with your own experiences as an educator? Do you relate more to how he used to be, or how he is now?
2. Read “Where Do Projects Come From?”, by Angela Guerrero, below. Angela Guerrero had an “aha” moments about projects design whilst visiting an art museum with her sister. She concludes that projects are born from the subjects that we love and find most fascinating.
Response: If you consider your own passions and interests, what project ideas emerge? How might these ideas connect to your subject specialisation?
Read “Work That Matters”, by Alec Patton, below. Alec Patton provides an overview of the key components of project-based learning.
Response: Which of the ideas introduced most reflect your current practice in your classroom? Which ideas most challenge your current practice?
REAL Talk: What are REAL Projects?
What students think of the REAL Projects components, found here.
Hear what students have to say about Multiple Drafts and Critique, Significant Content, Student Created Final Product, Public Exhibition, Essential Question and Authentic Audience.
Spend as much time reviewing the REAL Projects Cards as you desire. Consider how they demonstrate the six project components. Identify one or two projects as inspiration. What strikes you about them? How might you adapt them for your students and subject areas? What new ideas they raise for you?
Complete the REAL Projects planner. You may opt to adapt a project that struck you from your exploration of the REAL Projects Cards.
(Optional) Make a poster or graphic of your project
Team Task: Use your collective brainstorming and ideas to design a curriculum map for one or two years of REAL Projects (ref: Stanley Park)
Now, share your project plan and/or graphic to the REAL Projects Google+ Community.
Which of the six REAL Projects components do you think are the strongest in your plan? Which ones do you think are the least strong? Why? What questions or concerns do you have about your project design?
Share your reflections with the G+ Community, or share them with like-minded colleagues at your school.
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