Project Management Guide
Classroom Management Plan
|Project-based work lends itself to covering topics
across different disciplines all in the context of one project. Students
engage in a number of activities all centered around one project theme and
in the course of its implementation learn how everything relates together.
This tends to be a very meaningful experience for students because it
gives a very real context to what they are learning. These types of
multidisciplinary projects also lend themselves to a variety of
independent work. Teachers
can assign individual students extension activities or research reports
based on the theme of the project. These types of independent assignments
can be included as extensions, homework, or incorporated into class time
to allow the teacher to work with certain groups of students while others
work independently. Independent work can also involve doing online
research or preparing a report for web-publication.
EXAMPLE: While implementing the Gulf
Stream Voyage students study traditional
subjects such as earth science, physical science, biology, and chemistry
through a variety of lessons associated with the project. For an independent
project, students are given an assignment to choose one marine animal and to do
a research report on this animal. During free class time or for homework,
students complete this assignment on their own. It complements the project-based
work of studying ocean currents, temperatures, and weather conditions.
Eventually the student reports will be published to the school's web site.
Does the project you have selected lend itself to project-based work?
Will students have the opportunity to work independently at any point during the project?
What assignments will be given for independent work?
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