After a lot of work by students and teachers, our whole 7th and 8th grade have been regrouped into rooms based on the topic they developed. So how does a teacher guide their students without delivering a typical lesson? We need to give students a lot of time and independence on their projects, but we know that they will need help. But how do you provide consistent help when the range of topics is so vast?

SML Topic List

We designed a “generic lesson routine” for mentor teachers to use as a model, adjusting as they see fit.

  • Quick check-in with all students (Have you done any work since last time?)
  • Short 10 minute strategy session
  • Main chunk of the time to work independently while the mentor teacher follows up with individuals.

Here are the strategy sessions we have shared so far:

Note-taking and recording progress

The format students use for note-taking is totally up to them. The only requirement we have is the “Exit Ticket” spreadsheet is kept up to date each lesson. Below is an example from a previous year. Each lesson students answer three questions:

  1. What did you accomplish today?
  2. What’s your goal for next lesson?
  3. At this point, what do you think your final product will look like?

Planning out your time

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Finding an expert

This video below highlights exactly how we hope they can take advantage of YouTube:

Here is how we’ve taught students about sources of experts:

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Next post I’ll share a few photos and pictures of what’s been created thus far! Projects are starting to take shape and it’s so cool to see happen.