Our Passion Projects are well and truly underway. We’re seeing lots of great research being done on some interesting topics. These projects are a direct response to the student opinion survey data that showed students wanted a greater say over what they are learning about. Each student has individually selected the topic/question for their project and developed their own questions to investigate and research.
Students are given one session a week for their Passion Projects within the classroom. This time is used to plan and/or develop questions to investigate, seek assistance and receive some feedback from the teacher and work further on their project.
Students set themselves some goals for what they want to achieve each week in regards to their Passion Project. So, some weeks your child may need to complete 20 minutes each night on the project, while other weeks it may be 30 minutes for 3 nights. Passion Projects do not have a set due date, as each student has their own unique question that they need to answer. One student’s Passion Project may take 4 weeks, while another may take 8. It just depends on the topic.
Once they feel they have answered their question (or multiple questions on their topic) and have presented their information in a chosen form, they will present to the class what they have found. Passion Projects are ongoing, so once a student finishes their first Passion Project, they will put forward a new idea for their next one. It will continue to progress that way.
Students have been encouraged to use different ways to research information such as interviews, surveys or visiting different locations. Students have also been encouraged to break their project into manageable parts and use the calendar on their computer’s desktop to identify the best times in their week to complete tasks. Something they will need to be able to manage moving towards secondary school.
These projects are a way for students to develop their goal setting, time management, questioning skills, presentation skills and challenge themselves. However, if you would like encourage your child’s line of questioning or challenge them to investigate an element of their project in greater detail, teachers are happy for this to occur. Further to this, if students want to build upon their learning this is also encouraged. For example, after researching about different endangered animals a student might decide to set up a fundraiser to help protect a certain species or their environment.
If you have any further questions regarding this please contact your child’s teacher.