Aleutian Connections for PBL Project

Chocolate liliesDo you happen to know a teacher or homeschooling parent in the Aleutian Islands who might have a middle school student interested in connecting for a short project-based learning opportunity? Honestly, with all this tech, I should be able to go to a website immediately, plug in some info, and find a quick connection. ¬†Ideally, this source would have vetted adults sponsoring students into the system, so that there is some safety net and accountability. ūüėÄ

Since it doesn’t exist yet, can you help me find a connection? ¬†Or if there is a great place I might find a connection, can you share it?

My 7th grader will be answering the question, “Could I design an Aleutian wildflower garden that would survive in our yard in Colorado?”. It would be super cool to have a student in the Aleutians answer the opposite question, with a lot of collaboration and sharing of research in an Edmodo small group.

Anyone out there in the Aleutians?

Teamwork Isn't Easy

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Last week, my students came face to face with an undeniable fact…. teamwork isn’t easy. Now, these students have been incredible until the day in question in the maturity and flexibility they have shown while working on their project. ¬†Guess what? They are human, and had a bit of a communication breakdown.

I’ll let them speak for themselves on the topic of collaboration…

Today was hard  our team fell apart. We leaned something special  today be kind to team talk it out first. Don’t  fight  about  it. When your team falls apart read my blog and learn what we leaned today.

Abby C.

Today we learned that working in a group is not as easy as it sounds, at all! We decided to work on our presentation and we got pretty much no where so we stopped and we will continue tomorrow.

–¬†Tuscany S.

Most of the time its easy to work with friends, but not always with me. I’m a VERY emotional girl, and very sensitive. But when working with others I tend to want to do a certain part by myself, which, doesn’t always happen. Today we ran into a few problems with our PBL, and most of us did some pretty stupid things and most of us vented into a chat box, which hurt people more than was intended.

– Emily C.

I was impressed with their level of self-awareness and ability to reflect honestly on the experience. ((I’m sure they’d love to hear from you… their names are linked to their posts.))

Permission to Plan!

This morning, my children were home sick and so we Skyped in with the Student Center to open the letter from our landlord. It also occurs to me that the students should be posting this stuff on our very neglected class blog…. I’ll have to see what they think.

My favorite part of the letter is when he says he thinks this is a “worthwhile project”. <happy sigh> (Jing video below, in theory… it hasn’t been embedding properly.)