- A culminating experience calling upon students to utilize a vast amount of skills and knowledge learned throughout high school.
- The projects in this book will ask students to research a chosen topic, create their own experiment, analyze the results of this experiment, and disseminate the results of the project.
Why Do This Project?
- Consider Bloom’s Taxonomy - The expectations of capstone projects place students consistently in the highest levels of thought. Where does your standard curriculum places students? These projects expect students to think, hypothesize, create, defend, critique, and adapt information in meaningful ways.
- Consider how incorporating the interests of students leads to motivation. These projects utilize ideas and concepts found in popular books and magazines from a wide array of professions.
- Consider how allowing students choices for the direction of a project leads to motivation. Students can select from over 60 projects from a wide array of fields. In addition, these projects have the potential to create products from all areas of the multiple intelligence spectrum. Choice also helps address senior apathy.
- Consider how the best assessments are designed to communicate progress and allow students multiple opportunities to improve. With these projects, each group meets with the teacher about twice per week to allow the teacher to give a tentative grade for work completed and to guide the group’s efforts. When students are missing an element of the project, teachers assign a low grade, offer suggestions, and reassess at a later date. This represents a true learning process.
- Consider your own innate love of learning and being intellectually challenged. One truly challenging question for teachers is whether their curriculum leads to creative problem solvers with the ability to apply knowledge to real world situations or teacher pleasing fact regurgitators with no ability to apply knowledge or long term retention. Sadly, many teachers find upon self-reflection that their courses are setup to reward the students who follow a procedure on a unit test at minimal levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. These projects are an explicit attempt to change this culture of low expectations.
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