We are in the midst of our giant 8th grade culminating assessment extravaganza — a multi-part project that includes a research paper, a creative/expressive project, a presentation with slides, and several other components I'm spacing out on at the moment.
I have to admit something here: I used to be an unbeliever when it comes to projects.
I used to think they lacked rigor and intellectual heft.
But I was wrong.
Two years of this process has made me a believer in the power of project-based learning.
Sometimes the creative projects are merely terrific, but every year, there are a few that are incredible. This year, this has already happened twice... and only two projects have been turned in so far (they are due on Monday, 22-Apr-13).
Sometimes it is the quiet, timid kid who really blows my mind. Sometimes it is a kid who is kind of rowdy who reveals another, hidden side. But I never fail to be humbled at the potential inside each of these people, and I am honored to teach them.
So this is a reminder to myself that sometimes my job is simply to get out of their way.