At Avalon, we break the project process into 4 basic steps:
Plan: Students begin researching, gathering sources, and thinking about the deliverable. Next, they check in with both their advisor and an advisor in the field of study.
Propose: Students work to create the tasks and milestones that will guide them through the project and formally propose the project with two advisors. Also, students create a rubric for grading purposes and write task deadlines in their planner.
Do: Ready to work, students work to execute their carefully crafted proposal: they research, create, revise, edit, check-in with advisors, research some more, and revise their deliverable again. (What can a deliverable be? Check out this page for just a few ideas to get you started: Deliverable Ideas.)
Finalize: Students now prepare to end they project. They write a reflection, polish up deliverable, meet with the same two advisors they proposed with, and agree on a grade. Finally, students start think about what their next project will be about.
Are you looking for a decent example of the project process? Here it is!
Let’s start at the beginning with the Brainstorm. Looks like Kevin is doing a project on the Spanish Civil War. Cool. He will have a good conversation with his advisor and parental figure at home and get this simple piece of paper signed in approval.
Next step, the Project Proposal. He found this form on Project Foundry under the Project Request Form area. This step isn’t too hard. Mostly, he just transfers the information from the Brainstorm Sheet into the computer. Then it is time to fill out a Rubric. He has been thinking about how he will prove to himself (and others) that this project is good, high school quality work. Notice that Kevin only filled out the A-B column. Why would a student at a PBL school strive for mediocrity?
Kevin will schedule a proposal meeting. This meeting will include his advisor and a content area advisor. Kevin will explain his project, show his rubric, and once he gets the special “project handshake” he will be off to post his deadlines on the main calendar, at his desk, in his planner, and at home. Kevin’s work schedule will help him keep on track and meet all his deadlines.
Time for Kevin to begin work on your project, log his hours (especially homework), check in with advisors and experts to discuss progress and research. Kevin can use his Annotated Outline to show his progress and work hours.
As Kevin completes his deadlines and finishes his deliverables, he will start writing his reflection. Kevin will revise his reflection after getting his advisor’s feedback. Then it is time to schedule a finalization meeting with the same two advisors he proposed with. At this meeting he is ready with all the materials written about on this page. Kevin will finalize his project, earn credit, complete standards, and be happy. Then, repeat…with a new project.