Annoyingly this will be a double post, as it should also go in the SoW page, so don't get your hopes up that I had two pieces of content going up.
If you didn't get the memo that I'm now obsessed with PBL then I'm not sure where you have been, I like it so much that I want you to give it a go, so here is a SoW explaining what I did with my Y7s last term.
I've tried to make this as pick-up and use as possible, but it is important that you make it your own, the more you invest in this, the more the pupils will.
Some of the stuff you might not agree with, which is great, some of the stuff you might want to change, which is even better. This isn't a perfect product, I'm already figuring out how I'm going to make it better for next time.
At the bottom of the page are the two download links, one for the SoW, the other for the sheets the pupils will need.
Love it, or hate it, let me know @MrMcKavanaghRE
My first blog post at the beginning of the term was about Project Based Learning (PBL) and it seems fitting that my last post of the term will also be about it.
If you've read my first post, then you'll know what I had my Year 7s working on. If not, they were kept really busy for six weeks designing and planning a Holy Building. It wasn't just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill project. They had to do budgets, architect drawings, a model, letters to the council and to local residents, they had to look at the demographics of areas and to establish whether they had a need in the area. There was a lot of drafting and redrafting along the way, but most importantly, there was a whole lot of jubilation.
It's easy to say online, there's no way that I can give you the full scope of what my Y7s achieved, but the reaction from my Y9s summed it up the best. They were (and still are convinced) that the finished projects were completed by Y11. If the Y7s keep getting pushed and keep achieving as they are now, then it's scarily exciting to think about what they'll be able to do come Y11.
I'm now a HUGE fan of PBL, seeing what the pupils created and achieved genuinely blew me away. If you want to learn more, then the book An Ethic of Excellence by Ron Berger is what convinced me to give it a try, so that would be a good place to start for any reading.
Anyway, here's a selection of what my Y7 did...