Making Projects Meaningful: Creator Spotlights

When focusing on taking student work OUT OF THE CLASSROOM in an effort to make it meaningful, it's important that students have an opportunity to hear from real-world creators who have gone through the creation process. Learning that published creators don't start that way, reaching those heights only by going through their own trails, is … Continue reading Making Projects Meaningful: Creator Spotlights

Placing Student Work in the World – Part Three [Submitting Media Arts]

Having looked at the importance of MAKING PROJECTS MEANINGFUL by giving them life outside of the classroom, we now focus on how those projects can be given life in the world.  There are three main ways students can take their work beyond the classroom: Submitting Written Work Self Distribution and Self Publication Submitting Media Arts In … Continue reading Placing Student Work in the World – Part Three [Submitting Media Arts]

Placing Student Work in the World – Part Two [Self-Distribution and Self-Publication]

Having looked at the importance of MAKING PROJECTS MEANINGFUL by giving them life outside of the classroom, we now focus on how those projects can be given life in the world.  There are three main ways students can take their work beyond the classroom: Submitting Written Work Self Distribution and Self Publication Submitting Media Arts In … Continue reading Placing Student Work in the World – Part Two [Self-Distribution and Self-Publication]

Placing Student Work in the World – Part One [Submitting Written Work]

When student work is given life outside the classroom, there is a strong desire to create the very best piece possible, as students will have to own their creation not only in relationship to their peer group, but to the much wider audience.  At the same time, students will learn valuable skills that will prepare … Continue reading Placing Student Work in the World – Part One [Submitting Written Work]

Teaching Literacy Skills through Assignment Creation

The best way to demonstrate that you understand something is to explain it to someone else.  Allow students the opportunity to demonstrate that they understand a concept by flipping expectations and allow them to create assignments rather than complete them.   Introduction This lesson focuses on having students READ A SHORT STORY and then break into small groups (I … Continue reading Teaching Literacy Skills through Assignment Creation