A collection of useful resources: Jamie’s Learning Adventure
Learning Adventure – Organize
When working with your learners you want to make sure you give them specific places to go with specific things to do – an advance organizer will help with this.
This will serve as a “to do” list. Use age appropriate graphics. You may find something you like on this teacher site, you may choose to create an organizer using Webspiration, Bubbl.us or even using Word, Google Docs, Google Forms. Here’s a huge list of more premade templates. REMEMBER your advance organizer should be an original – not from a template.
After you’ve selected or created an organizer for your investigation, include a write up on your site for students. Just posting an organizer isn’t enough. You need to write to the students, explaining what they are going to do with it. Do you want them to print it? If so, you need to tell them. Let’s take some time in class now to create an organizer and write directions for students.
Learning Adventure – Show What You Know
What are you having students do as part of their adventure? Is it meaningful or busywork? Are they using critical thinking and problem solving skills or just repeating facts? Keep these questions in mind as you create this part of your project.
The rubric states, “This is the product – after they’ve learned about the topic, what can students create to show what they’ve learned and/or to learn more about the topic? This will be a creative endeavor – not a worksheet or research paper.” Here’s a long list of project ideas. Read about Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects for more ideas. This is a great place to use some of the tools you’ve learned about this semester.
In addition, you want to indicate how students share their final product with you. You might also want to include the assessment criteria or project rubric in this section.
I learned that this Friday is Good Friday. This Friday will be a work day. Have a great weekend and see you all next Monday.