|Brock's project: map all Iowa school districts|
and color-coding them by conference.
|Walker's colorful mobile|
|Ethan works on his geneology|
|Preston's nearly completed clock|
Other students pursued other passions. Some decided to study and learn to speak German. Another student researched his family's genealogy. Other students completed tasks such as building a clock from a kit, creating a colorful mobile, and designing tutorials for younger students on subjects they felt qualified. Each one was unique, for each child brings unique passions to the classroom.
In the work The Highly Engaged Classroom (2011), authors Robert Marzano and Debra J. Pickering explain the power of a student "Personal Projects" and explain what needs to happen to elicit robust learning. I believe Mr. Schutt and his junior high TAG students have accomplished just that. Congratulations to you all!
Thank you, again, for joining us here at Hawk-Wired. As the 2016-2017 school year winds down, we want you to know how we appreciate your following our adventures in this small but mighty rural school. We look forward to sharing more with you in 2017-2018!