Yes, I can help, it would be my pleasure.
I'm busy developing several projects in 7th and 8th grade life and physical science classrooms. See the blog and websites for a little more information.
"Rachel, thanks for starting this. I was once again inspired by PBL Better with Practice, to reflect more deeply on exactly HOW to get a project off the ground. Basically, for me it comes down to do it myself first. The blog is at…"
"Last summer I attended MEMTA, Michelson Exxon Mobile Teacher's Academy for science and math. It was AWESOME. We spent everyday learning in ways we should be teaching our students. You may have heard of lesson structuring using the 5 E's -…"
"Yes, Richard - agree about giving kids more choice and control. We tend to be most creative in areas we care about and that suit our personal talents. As to the terror of failing, they need more TIME for them to try stuff, fail and be encouraged to…"
"I think giving control to students would help in giving them a bit more freedom to do and more importantly think. I'm only a first year but from what I have seen children are terrified of failing and being wrong. So they stifle their thoughts…"
"I think that service is another way of saying 'get outside yourself'. It's part of finding meaning, something I think most young people (and old) are trying hard to find. So I think it's absolutely necessary for learning on a…"
"I think the Microsoft/Smithsonian initiative "Interrobang" projects may have a lot to offer in terms of social networking of projects and archiving. See what you think at Looking forward to hearing if anyone has tried this cool sounding…"
"But reading on in Lemov's book and I come across some increasingly disturbing stuff, for example, that it doesn't matter if kids like the subject matter, giving as evidence that he doesn't like poetry but benefited from having to…"
"I'm loving PARTS of Lemov's book but thank you for crystalizing what feels a little off to me too - a little too teacher-centered. But having said that, even within a pbl class room, there are times when I have to run a discussion…"
"It's a great guide - already used the carbon calculator it suggests in a side bar and blogged about it. Very fun, easy to use for elementary and middle school students.
Other Earth Friendly Project Ideas:
We also used "The Story of…"
"Our school had mixed experiences with the Rube Goldberg project. We did it for several years and it became this huge headache for either parents (trying to get kids together after school with busy family schedules, lots of very UN-handy parents out…"
"Particularly liked "Make rules for better brainstorming". Will use these with my department as well as with students.
As for 'strategies from the pros' I love to chat with friends in different professions - doctors, ministers,…"