On the right is one of my most-read and commented tweets of all time. I felt positively overwhelmed and overwhelmed positively by the helpful responses.
The main idea is an ungraded end-of-year project, the format of which would be chosen by students from an array of 6 choices. Not having an official grade is the most dangerous and controversial element, and some tweeters were more supportive than others of this element.
Below is the slightly revised version that I share with students today (1 line at a time).
- no mention (yet) of grading
- removed the 3D model and museum exhibit options (to reduce the chaos of having dozens of physical items to store and keep track of)
- revised the board game option to specify the rules for originality AND to stress the importance of the project's size (again, to avoid issues of storage space)
Tomorrow I have all 4 classes in a row (it's our "scrunch day" Tuesday), which will be a special kind of challenge. However, by the end of each class I hope to have all students nailed down in terms of their project choice, their small groups (if any), and the establishment of routine.
There is still the pesky aspect of formal grading / assessment. I will also write about that tomorrow....