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Independent Learning Project

I had already mentioned that I thought it would be cool to incorporate some sort of sports themed project into the classroom, but the more I got to thinking about it, the more I questioned whether or not it would go over well. So, here goes nothing. I know there will be students in my classes that will be interested in sports, I would argue the majority of them have participated in them at some point in their live. So, bringing sports into an English classroom will be good for those kids, and the others will hopefully enjoy the process of making a film.

For my independent learning project, I will have the kids make their own 30 for 30 films based on a book they read. My thought process goes like this. Early in the semester I will bring up this assignment so there is plenty of time to complete it. I will bring five books, not sure what those books will be yet but I’ll figure that out later, that the students can choose from. I’ll let the students pick which book they would like to read, and that will create their own groups. The students will read the books on their own, then work on creating the film together (possibly using a little PLN action as well.)

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Like I said, the kids will have already read the books and now will act out, and record a digital book report that will be presented to the class on presentation day. My main idea of having them create a 30 for 30 turns out to be just a suggestion as they will have all the freedom in the world as to what they want their short film to look like. My thought is that the groups will be made up of 4-6 students, that way all the students will be able to “act” as much or as little as they feel comfortable with.

I think this is a great way to get the kids working together and get them out of their comfort zones. It will be a good way of incorporating all sorts of cool things such as: digital literacy, personal learning networks, reading comprehension, and the ability to do something fun in english class, rather than listening to lectures and reading boring books that the students don’t even understand.


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