As many of you know, I put a heck of lot of effort into demonstrating that standards-based education does not need to devolve into drill-n-kill worksheet classroom assignments highlighted by a bubble test for summative student assessment.
I believe kids should – and want to – DO and PROVE they have multi-dimensional interests and capacities.
Have them demonstrate their knowledge of the ELA content standards by exhibiting their comprehension of the content standards (such as plot, tone, characterization, and so on. Really, SO MUCH is at our fingertips these days.)
To that end I put together a free digital book report contest and WOW! the entries are in from all over the country. (We even had some international contributions.)
It’s down to five finalists in each of the following categories with over $20,000 in prizes being handed out once the people have their say.
- Grades 5-8
- Grades 9-12
The polls are now open… please vote for your winner.
BTW, I can’t tell you how many teachers have written to me THRILLED that they participated. It really is the “Teach a person to fish” parable because so many of them said that now that they have tasted how Project-Based Learning could be meaningfully married to standards-based classroom assignments, the win/win/win scenario crafted between the kids, the curriculum and the teachers made the whole process of teaching and learning a challenging and exciting joy.
Teaching rocks! And when your kids are excited about the work – and the work is demanding and purposeful – it’s just incredible what can be done.
Like I said, check out the finalists and vote. Clearly, these students have all kinds of skills that we, in this loony NCLB world, are all-too-often are never asking them to tap.
Congrats again to the finalists! Clearly, a ton of hard, good work went into these projects.