Have you ever struggled to keep your students motivated to learn at the end of the school year? Maybe you’ve been searching for ways to help your students master the standards but with an activity that appeals to them. In today’s episode, Caitlin and Jessica discuss a special research project called The Year I Was Born. Not only will your students be interested in the research, but the final project is a fun keepsake that they can enjoy for years to come.
Tune in now to hear:
- [1:05] Caitlin encourages listeners to go back and listen to the previous episode, which was the first in a four-part series about engaging learners during the last few months of the school year.
- [1:24] Today’s episode focuses on a research project that we think your students will love!
- [2:30] The end of the school year can be tough for teachers and students alike, and it’s important for students to be interested in the work they’re doing so that they’re engaged and continuing to master the standards during this challenging time of year.
- [4:49] Jessica explains the origin of this unique research project called The Year I Was Born that is the perfect activity for this time of year.
- [6:55] Next, Caitlin and Jessica walk listeners through how each phase of this project is set up and how you can adapt it for your students’ needs. Students will be answering the essential question: What was especially significant about the year I was born?
- [9:10] Each student’s project will look different depending on their own research, and Jessica walks through an example for listeners.
- [10:58] Jessica offers a hack using Chat GPT that can help your students streamline their research on significant events from their birth year.
- [12:17] Caitlin explains the next stage of the project when your students will begin searching for evidence to support their claim and premises.
- [14:14] The final stage of the project will include conferencing, revising, and editing, and Jessica offers suggestions to help your students make their projects the best they can be.
- [16:40] Next week’s podcast episode will discuss how you can implement a Genius Hour in your classroom! Yet another way to hook your students as the school year comes to a close.
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