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Independent Learning Projects

When students finish their work in a couple of the self-paced areas, they are eligible to do an independent learning project. Students love doing these projects perhaps because they have so much choice in their creation. They decide on the topic they wish to learn about, the product they will produce, and the means of sharing what they've learned. I do not grade any of these projects but I do support and encourage the students. A number of these completed projects are posted online.

Below is a copy of my Independent Learning Contract. When students are ready and have an idea of something they would like to learn, they will have a brief conference with the teacher to discuss it. During that conference I will help the them refine their idea and begin filling out the contract. They then take it home to discuss the project with their parents, bringing it back to me signed and with any changes. I'll add my signature and give any assistance they may need in gathering materials and getting started. After that they work on their project independently at appropriate times during the day, both at home and at school. I check on progress from time to time and when the project is complete we set up a time for it to be shared with the rest of the class.


Independent Learning Contract

name: __________________
date: _______________

Before you begin working on your independent project, you will need to create a plan of what you want to learn about and how you want to show what you've learned. You will also need to share this plan with your parents and your teacher. This contract is a part of your project. In addition, it will help guide you in making your plan. Please use a pencil as you may wish to change some of your plan when you share it with your parents or teacher.

1. Questions related to a topic that you wish to learn more about.
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________

2. Possible resources you will need (may include places to visit, people to interview,
books, computer databases, etc.).
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________

3. How will you show what you've learned?
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________

When will your work begin? __________ When do you think it will end?__________

When do you wish to present your finished project to the class? _________________
____________________________________________________________________

 

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student signature

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parent signature(s)

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teacher signature

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