Episode 1.8: It’s the Book With The Boys on the Island... Everyone Knows That Book
In episode #8 of Project Based Awesome, Erin and Chris discuss the process of Project Based Awesome. We’re taking a deep dive into the process of this thing we call Project Based Awesome, from planning to day-to-day implementation to final outcome. These are the three main parts of the process of putting together a unit based on the idea of unit planning with this thing we call Project Based Awesome. We go into detail, giving specific ideas and examples based around planning, day-to-day implementation, and the final outcome of a Project Based Awesome unit.
Some things Erin and Chris discuss in this episode:
Personal Anecdotes: First Jobs (1:01)
Deep dive into the process of PBA (6:29)
Creating a calendar - click here to check out a working version of the unit plan (with calendar) that we created for To Kill a Mockingbird
What outcomes and why?
Create a unit plan for students that includes calendar, inputs/outputs, weekly tasks, basic description of final outcome, etc.
Day to day implementation (19:35)
Launch Day - teaser/hook, unit plan, start the work
Weekly “targets” or questions or themes
Self paced: Often, not one specific outcome all Ss get to at same time
Daily checks (formative) exit passes, quick writes, etc.
Embracing the process rather than being caught up in points
Learning is the purpose - both teachers and students need to move into this way of thinking
Why are we scoring students for everything they do, every single day? [Insert sports/music/drama metaphor here] Why shouldn’t academic classes be about process as well?
Points are limiting for students and teachers - teachers get caught up having to grade everything
Final Outcome (40:47)
Shareable: Teacher, fellow Ss, other classes, the world
2 final outcomes: collaborative & individual
Until next time...peace.
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