Monday, April 25, 2011

Make It Count!

A coworker and I came up with a great project idea and I thought I'd share it here!

Why do we learn? To use what we know! What is school if not practicing for the real world?

The sophomores are beginning a persuasive unit. Since this is the last unit and after KCCT testing, there are no district assessments for the unit. After school, I went to visit my friend, a sophomore teacher. We were discussing their upcoming project. Since it's about persuasion, she thought she'd have her students do speeches and power point presentations on charities. We were discussing how to assess it and get everyone involved when it occurred to us.

Have the kids vote on the best presentation and collect a dollar from every student to donate to the winning charity. Students can't just write down a name on a ballot, though. No, they have to analyze why they picked that one and give good reasoning. In real life, when you make decisions on what to buy or who to support, you really should have reasons stronger than "Oh, that's a nice model in the ad!"

Her students will learn several valuable lessons with this project. They'll learn about charities, some they've heard of, some they haven't. They'll practice their skills of persuasion. They'll reason which charity to donate to and provide valid reasons for doing so.

I'm just happy I could help her with the project. It seems like it's going to be really cool.

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