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Motivating students through long-term projects

Motivating students through long-term projectsLisa MannEnglish Language FellowPiura, Peru

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About me

I am originally from the San Francisco bay area in California, but I havent lived there in many, many years. I have an MA TESOL and an MA in translation. Ive worked as an English teacher, director of studies, program coordinator and a translator for over 20 years in just about every teaching context you can imagine. I am currently an English Language Fellow based in Piura, northern Peru.

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Overview of this webinar

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Choosing good projects

CRITICAL THINKINGCOLLABORATIONMOTIVATIONESSENTIAL QUESTIONPUBLIC PRODUCTMULTIPLE SKILLSAUTHENTICITYGOAL-ORIENTATION

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POLLHow strong is this project idea? In groups, students create a poster depicting the storyline of a film watched in class. The posters will then be displayed at their school A) It is a very good idea!B) Its okay, but not great.C) This idea has no merit! It shouldnt be used!

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POLLHow strong is this project idea? In groups, students create a poster depicting the storyline of a film watched in class. The posters will then be displayed at their school.A) It is a very good idea!B) Its okay, but not great.C) This idea has no merit! It shouldnt be used!

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POLLIn groups, students create a poster depicting the storyline of a film watched in class. The posters will then be displayed at their school.Which of the criteria does this project NOT meet?Critical thinkingCollaborationAuthenticityMotivationEssential questionMultiple skillsGoal-orientationPublic product

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POLLIn groups, students create a poster depicting the storyline of a film watched in class. The posters will then be displayed at their school.Which of the criteria does this project NOT meet?

Critical thinkingCollaborationAuthenticityMotivationEssential questionMultiple skillsGoal-orientationPublic product

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Motivating projectsTechnologyAgencyMeaningfulness

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Project catalogueGuide to Wildlife in Your CityWhich animals and plants do we share our environment with? What are their habitats? How do our actions affect these plants and animals?With your group, you will take photos of as many wild plants and animals you can find. You will do research to find out what they are called and how they live and write a short summary of your findings for each one. You will create a website to publish your wildlife guide and give a short presentation of your experiences.

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Project catalogueCivic InvolvementWhat are some of the biggest environmental problems in our city? What can we do as individuals to solve these problems?With your group, you will discuss some of the biggest problems in your city that can be solved by it citizens. Youll focus on a single issue and discuss possible solutions, then youll create a social media campaign with memes, information, challenges and goals to get the people of your city involved in making it a better place to live. Youll prepare a presentation of your experiences to share with the class.

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Project catalogue

The Green PagesWhat are some of the biggest environmental problems in our city? How can you make people understand how important they are?With your group, you will decide which environmental problems you would like to change. You will collect information photos, interviews, information from published sources and write articles. You will create a professional looking newspaper and publish it online. You will give a brief presentation about your experiences.

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Project catalogue

A New Kind of Super Hero What are some of the biggest environmental problems in your city right now? If you could be a super hero with a super power that could instantly solve your citys most important problem, what super power would you choose?With your group, you will work to create a comic strip. You will design the characters, write the story, draw the action and then record your voices acting out the parts of the story in an animated slide show. You will show your creation to the rest of the class and publish it on social media.

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Project route map

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ReferencesThe Buck Institute for Education website: bie.orgThe Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development website: www.ascd.orgThe Green Schools Initiative website: http://greenschools.net/article.php?id=160The American English website: americanenglish.state.gov Free website / blog platform: www.wordpress.comFree newspaper templates: www.makemynewspaper.comFree software for making animated slideshows: www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=11132

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