Why the Collaborative Project?
This is the first year that I was able to start teaching my enriched (Pre-AP) 10th grade English class from the start. My goals this year were:
1. Provide authentic learning experiences (collaborative, inquiry-based, analytical, etc.).
2. Prepare students for college and beyond.
I absolutely love my enriched English class. When I say “jump” not only do they ask, “How high?” but they ask, “Which way? Why? Where do you want me to land? How will this help me?” and so on. These students not only tackle each task with tenacity but they analyze and question. They reflect and revise. Most of the time this is done without having to tell them.
During the course of my administration degree, I have been asked to work in collaborative groups in which we guide our own learning and present our findings. Each class was almost entirely didactic. Classes also included discussions surrounding assigned texts. It dawned on me that these were authentic learning experiences for me. My brain got fired up when I participated in discussions surrounding what inspires and impassions me; I want that for my students.
Students who are working together toward a common goal are more engaged with the content and skills being taught. They are guiding their own learning and will find out what they need to when they need it.
Unit Plan and Order of Lessons