There may be no better way to engage learners and deepen understanding than through the use of projects. In an article entitled, “How to Trigger Students’ Inquiry Through Projects, Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss outline critical steps to designing projects.
They state, “When students engage in quality projects, they develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions that serve them in the moment and in the long term. Unfortunately, not all projects live up to their potential. Sometimes the problem lies in the design process…..With more intentional planning, we can design projects that get at the universal themes that have explicit value to our students and to others. We can design projects to be rigorous, so students’ actions mirror the efforts of accomplished adults.”
Krauss and Boss outline the following steps:
1. Identify Project-worthy Concepts
2. Explore their Significance and Relevance
3. Find Real-Life Contexts
4. Engage Critical Thinking
5. Write a Project Sketch
6. Plan a Set-Up
7. Workshop/Collaborate with colleagues to garner questions and insight to your project plans.