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High School social studies teacher from St. Paul, MN

I really enjoy incoporating

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I really enjoy incoporating project-based learning into my social studies classroom. One problem that I always run up against is the assessment piece. I have found it difficult to ensure that the students have hit the learning targets. Tip #4: Formatively Assess Often, is great. I formatively assess when the students aren't doing projects. It's probably even MORE important to add that into project-based learning, too. Thank you!

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When younger students work together on projects...

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...one of their main stumbling blocks is the idea that all group members have to work on every part together.

It's important to teach students to break projects into component steps and then "assign" steps to group members, as appropriate. When making classroom videos (http://5a3dragonslair.edublogs.org/?p=72), I had to guide students to

-split up the list of potential clips into four groups, each person analyzing a set and picking out favorites.
-have two students write part of a script while two students imported videos (the switch)
-have two students could practice reading their parts of the script while two work on editing and cropping and making sure each student was in the video (then switch).

By breaking up tasks, students stay more engaged.

Janet | expateducator.com

Hi Andrew, Thanks for the

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Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the great tips! Just posted a link to this on the TeachingEnglish facebook page if you'd like to check for comments.

Please feel free to post there whenever you have anything you'd like to share.

Best,

Ann

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