Earlier this month I shared an idea with our fifth grade teacher. The class was preparing to begin their persuasive writing unit, and because I know the importance of building in choice and authentic learning opportunities, I suggested she consider having the students choose a topic they were passionate about and create a Public Service Announcement (PSA). The PSA project would include their persuasive writing, research, spelling and conventions, and comprehension skills, all while motivating and engaging the students on a topic of their choice. Last week the PSA project was launched, and from the moment it started, the fifth graders have been captivated! Each time I visit the classroom I'm greeted with students wanting me to come check out their progress, share a new fact they learned, or inevitably help them troubleshoot a tech problem.
A few PSA Topics are:
The students have a few weeks left on their project, during which they will continue to build their informational website, research their cause, produce a video (PSA), and share their project with the goal of persuading others to join the cause. As an Instructional Coach, getting to see my ideas come to light and impact teaching and learning in my building is one of my favorite things! I look forward to seeing how the PSA project continues, as well as work with other teachers to incorporate student choice and authentic learning opportunities into their classrooms.