Engaging students in rigorous research

Those words have often not gone together – engagement, rigor and research. But finally, they are for most students most of the past week or so, with the new and improved Take Action Project. I’m excited to share the activities and pictures with you.

Continue Reading May 18, 2014 at 12:07 PM Leave a comment

The Take Action Project 2.0 is a go: Pick an Action.

I’ll be posting the new Take Action Project in parts, after Marshall and I actually teach it. So far, we have managed to fan initial student interest in environmental issues as they choose what to do and start a little light research. It’s a balancing act between student choice, rigor and unmanageable chaos. So far, so fun, for us as well as our classes.

Continue Reading April 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM Leave a comment

The Sands of Time Project: Intro to Evolution

An engaging, interactive project to teach the timeline of life with modeling clay, sand, soda bottles, dirt, and a little mystery.

Continue Reading April 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM Leave a comment

Animal Voice Over Film Festival

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The latest project about to launch in 7th grade science, hitting concepts in animal behavior and natural selection as well as quite a few ELA CC standards. Animal stalking and film making, creative script writing skills included as well as hopefully, hilariousness.

I’m excited about this because I’m getting kids to make my favorite kind of YouTube time waster! Here’s a link to the class room ready project with stepping stones and links for a self-paced, student centered project. Let me know how it goes and I’ll update in the comments section too. It’s at NextLesson.org

February 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM Leave a comment

Start with fun, finish with depth of knowledge

On the edge of overwhelm with the new standards? Start with what’s fun for kids (and you) to funnel them into real depth of understanding. Here are some ideas and sources to lighten up and light up your students.

Continue Reading February 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM Leave a comment

Take Action Project 2.0 is published!

After 6 years, 3 teachers and about 1,700 students have been through the Take Action Project, the revised and improved version is finally here! Check it out in it’s entirety at a great, new start-up, with an intro right here.

Continue Reading October 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM Leave a comment

Big Whiteboard Brainwave – Everyone’s Invited!

Giant whiteboards invite everyone in a table group to participate in brainstorming, mind mapping and project planning.

Continue Reading September 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM Leave a comment

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