I heard the word "senior project" the first day I walked into my classroom as a first year teacher. Senior projects, although they took many different shapes over the course of my career, were highly emphasized at my school.
We always implemented a senior project of some kind. The school never wavered on that, and I never questioned it because I witnessed senior projects to be one of the most amazing college and career readiness strategies for our students.
Observing high school senior project experiences and their outcomes has been one of the highlights of my career as an educator. The benefits of high school senior project experiences are out of this world.
I have witnessed and been a part of implementing a variety of senior project styles, so through a lot of trial and error, have developed a comprehensive senior experience that incorporates the best parts of each of those senior project varieties.
High school senior projects are a powerful and life-changing way to send your high schoolers off into the world of college, careers, and adulthood. But what do you do? How do you start? What is a powerful high school senior project example?
This post highlights examples of some life-changing high school senior projects done by my own students. I hope they can at least offer some ideas and inspiration for senior projects with your own students.
Four Powerful Ideas for Community Action Projects in Classrooms and Homeschools
Community action projects have become a go-to experiential learning activity in my high school classroom.
I started implementing action projects for a variety of reasons. They get students involved in deep and meaningful learning by acting on community issues that matter to them. They learn because they're invested, and they've invested because they care about the issues.
But what is a community action project and what are some ideas for action projects in your classroom, homeschool, or beyond?
Four Favorite Problem-Based Learning Example Activities to Prioritize in your Classroom
One of the most important elements of experiential education is the authenticity of every learning experience.
The content and the approach should be real-world, relevant, and personally meaningful to students. One way to incorporate authenticity is through problem-based learning.
But what is problem-based learning and what does it look like in a classroom or homeschool setting? What are some problem-based learning examples? Start here.
I love a good summer maker project! At the beginning of the design thinking process, sometimes kids need a little scaffolding. This blog post offers you and your kids 25 maker project ideas for the summer months!
Keep kids engaged and practicing awesome life skills all summer long!
A while ago I came across a webinar on EdWeb about design thinking in the classroom. I was instantly hooked on the goal of bringing design thinking into my classroom experience.
What is design thinking in education? What does it look like in a classroom? This blog post walks you through the steps using a real-world design thinking example. Let's go!
To provide innovative educational resources for educators, parents, and students, that go beyond lecture and worksheets.
Sara Segar, experiential life-science educator and advisor, curriculum writer, and mother of two.