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passion projects Jun 23, 2020

We’ve all been there...sitting in front a pile of projects that we have no desire to grade.  Why?  Because you’ll have the projects that didn’t follow the rubric, the projects that did the bare minimum, and the projects that got it all wrong.  Of course you have the ones that are consistently beautiful and meticulous, and you strategically place those in the front so you can mark them off the list and feel accomplished, or you sprinkle them between all the others to give you something to look forward to.

I spent a lot of time reflecting on why I was getting crummy project submissions when I spent so much time and effort in creating the perfect “prompt”, the detailed directions, the fair but challenging rubric, the differentiated approaches to the projects, and the “creative” choice boards.  After thinking that the problem was in my teaching and vowing to teach the heck out of some literary elements on the next unit (but...

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