Through this process I’ve learned that I am an idea girl. I can come up with some great ideas, but the plausibility is sometimes questionable. I struggled with this project because add to the dreamer in me and the feeling of loss from being out of the classroom and not having a class to call my own and I had no clue where to start. Should I do a unit for teachers? Parents? The ELL students I work with for 40 minutes a day? Or the multi-grade students in a free period I help coordinate? The choices were overwhelming and I didn’t know where to start. So I started…multiple times. I basically did 3 projects and didn’t like any of them. Finally I read Rebecca’s final project and the light bulb went off. Why not start with something I already had and REDEFINE it?
Another thing I learned is that it is hard to plan a global collaborative project. I’ve joined many, but starting one is more of a challenge. I got on Twitter and threw my net out a couple of times (remember how I started 3 projects?) but to no avail. I waited and continued planning, but as the due date got closer I realized things weren’t panning out and it probably wasn’t going to happen. I am not the Twitter queen, but I have some followers and if it was this hard for me to start a global project then how hard would it be for a new Tweeter or someone not on it? Is there a database for collaborative projects? I know Skype has Skype in the Classroom and I found a Global Collaboration Day, but these weren’t exactly what I was looking for. I was frustrated and added this as a challenge to tackle in the future.
The actual planning and creating the unit was the most fun (remember I’m an idea girl). I decided to go with the students that have a free period while other students are in Portuguese class. In the past this has been a waste of time because there isn’t a curriculum and no one has really claimed it as their class. This year I took on the challenge and came up some ideas. I did Genius Hour in my 5th grade classroom for the past couple of years, and realized this is the perfect opportunity for students to use this time more effectively. I have introduced the passion projects, but was just going to do the sharing in-house. This is where my PLN came in handy, a couple of weeks ago a PLN buddy at Lincoln to collaborate with their TEDed clubs, but at that point I didn’t really see how I could work it in. Then I thought although we aren’t another TEDed club, this is a great opportunity for my students to share their projects and receive feedback and also give feedback to their partners’ at Lincoln. I can already see this project growing into something similar to a TEDed forum.
One thing I want to look at after I teach the first round of passion projects is adding a mini-lesson on Pecha Kuchas. I had to create one in one of my Masters course and it was a huge challenge, it really made me focus and plan out my content and then move on with the overall theme in mind.
Without further ado, my final project. I would love feedback on how to improve it. Thanks in advance!