We have just about wrapped up our fourth quarter projects and most students have their three project grades entered at this time. This quarter focused on the biome topic from science class and involved creating a research document that was shared with teammates, an individual glog creation to display information gathered by the student as well as by team members, and a post that explained the project and displayed the glog for public view.
The most common problem with all of these projects is failure to follow directions. I walk students through the steps, I model the steps, and as I walk around the room while they work I continue to remind them of all the requirements but I still have not convinced some students to look at the posted directions to be sure they have met all the requirements. One thing I emphasized during the creation of the glog was that since they were sharing their research with each other and that research would appear on each person's individual glog, it was very important that they read what the other students on the team had written and see if it made sense and was something they would want to display on their own page. By reading each other's work carefully before using it not only were they learning additional details about their assigned biome, but they were applying their language arts skills to be sure the paragraph was indeed a sensible paragraph.
Those students who are missing one or more assignments will be reminded this week that they need to be completed, and all of the missing work can be accessed and completed from home. I will send for students on Thursday or Friday if the work is still not completed and have them finish at recess. For our remaining classes we are having videos and discussions on Internet safety and cyberbullying topics.