- Am I finding the information and resources I need?
- Do I need to modify my action plan?
- What have I learned so far?
- What new questions have arisen?
While my goals remain the same, I have made an important modification. To begin with, the projects will be of shorter duration. I believe nine weeks is the maximum amount of time to cover, rather than a semester. In the early stages, I am starting with Chapter projects. As I develop the units and learn from the experiences, I hope to eventually link several Chapters together into a single project.
To date, I have learned that implementing my goals will take much more time and preparation than if I just continue to do things the same way. I expected that, but I might have underestimated just a little! However, I remain focused on the idea that once the outside 'prep' work is done, the students will actually be doing more work in the classroom than I will.
Progress is usually accompanied by more questions. Some are not unexpected:
- Will I be able to access the technology I need each time a new unit or project is started?
- Will I be able to make adequate progress on these goals and still meet content requirements in the same time frame?
More difficult ones to answer are:
- Will these changes produce measurable results?
- Is the additional preparation time worth the potential benefit?
As I continue to work on these goals, I am sure that more surprises await me!