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  •  was very involved at early stages (8+ / 0-)

    which is why of the 18 students involved, only 2 were at the end on the specific project on which they had started.

    We had sessions where they presented their ideas and preliminary work to one another and I allowed the other students to question/challenge -  if I saw gaps in what was being asked I stepped in.

    But at some point they had to take ownership.  I would check in with them from time to time.  They had to show me their project books and I used that as a basis for questioning, raising issues, providing guidance.

    They were not entirely on their own, ever.

    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    by teacherken on Sat May 24, 2014 at 09:02:11 AM PDT

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    •  sounds like "break in period" pains (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm sorry that you couldn't stay to try this again, because it seems to me that the snafus you and your students experienced could mostly be resolved by recalibrating your approach a bit, and keeping a clear eyed understanding of the admin's expectations (as unreasonable as they are). Having worked with college students, who are years more mature than high schoolers, I have been both impressed by how brilliant and self-motivated young adults can be and yet how much guidance and hand holding they still need to relaibly succeed. The alternative is to allow them to learn on their own by failing, but that isn't very fun and isn't a good option in the scenario you were in that obviously doesn't allow for failure.

      "Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb

      by quill on Sat May 24, 2014 at 09:49:05 AM PDT

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      •  my approach did not need recalibration (1+ / 0-)
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        because there is always a risk students will fail.  That should be welcomed, and learned from.

        "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

        by teacherken on Sat May 24, 2014 at 06:51:44 PM PDT

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