Spent four hours of a weekend prepping a research project for my students.
Guidelines for each part of the project
4 weeks ago
Classes spent the week in the library, where they had three class periods to gather their research notes and sources.
Walked around and helped The Lost Ones.
3 weeks ago
Went over guidelines, timeline, and rubrics in class.
Asked the students if they had questions.
Gave them class time to work on writing up research.
2 weeks ago
Put students in groups.
Students had to:
Consolidate research, then go through and select research for group project.
Write a teacher lesson plan that included:
a way to present research that used teaching methods they wished teachers used more often.
a fun activity for students to use the information.
Consolidate research into one of three final products:
An annotated bibliography
A traditional research paper
1.5 weeks ago
Announced after school tutorials would be everyday for students/groups that needed help.
1 week ago:
Students were given 50 minutes of three class periods to work on project.
Friday, March 13th
Group research report (brochure, annotated bib or research paper) due by 3 PM
School ends at 1:45 PM
Out of 150 students, 16 last minute wondernots show up after school and ask
Is something due today?
Can you explain it?
Can you help us?
Do they really think I am going to say,
Sure, I can help you pull a four week project out of your ass in one hour.
Since it is not PC to reply that or,
I think I should give you an “F” just for being stupid enough to ask me that.
I just go in my office and catch up on paperwork for an hour.
The fun part comes at 3 PM, when I go out to clear the inboxes and the 15 or so students working frantically on the computers create a cacophony of ear splitting cries.
You can’t buy this kind of fun. But you can watch it...