TAP Issues arising during project work at home
Parent Questions about TAP:
Hi Mrs. Boudreau –
My daughter is unclear about one of the requirements of this project. We are planning to make some progress over spring break so I’m hoping to clear up her confusion. She is planning to participate in 2 volunteer activities this week with a non-profit that supports her TAP. Is she also required to organize her own activity in addition to the events that she has signed up for?
Thanks so much for your help!
Thanks for the heads up. I’ll clarify this for all students.
I want students to show some evidence of planning a project themselves. Yes they can join with an organized activity but ideally, I’d like them to plan something themselves too (or instead of). If at this stage, that is really not practical, I’ll accept two volunteer activities that take a minimum of 4 hours.
Another student had his adult sister trying to help him just fund raise. He’d missed the whole “informed and effective” part. They were probably wondering what that had to do with science. Parent meeting. Clarified. Pointing them at the website was helpful too.
We also reminded students how and when to use log books as they leave for the break. Several shared what they are planning with the class. Last year, many kids just fudged 4 entries in the log book at the last minute. So frustrating when they so miss the point like that! Log books are a place to record actions, ideas, to do lists. They also act as evidence that each group member did something for the project. (In science, hand-written log books with numbered pages act as legal evidence for, for example, who came up with a patentable idea first.)