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The success of any project is largely due to how well it has been thought out. In drivers ed. one of the few things I remember is the instructor telling me "to plan your route ahead of time, so that you are not making flash decisions while in a moving vehicle surrounded by other moving vehicles doing unpredictable things." Seemed like very sound advice to a nervous new driver, and a new teacher.
Planning my route when it comes to curriculum is something that I have had to do in the past. I did some curriculum planning as a general education teacher, but the majority of my teaching career has been spent working collaboratively with general education teachers as the learning specialist. I am really good at taking other people's plans and finding ways to make it accessible for all types of learners. However, with this project I am taking the reins, drafting from scratch and going back to my roots as a general education teacher with the experience of a learning specialist. Next week I meet with the rest of the team and we will revise and finalize the plan.
As I begin the planning process, there are many questions running around in my brain. What are the key elements that I need to include? How do I know if I have calendared the projects progression accurately? What should my essential question be? Will the student think that this project is as relevant as I do? What if they hate it? And so on.
In Design theory, the designer goes through a brainstorming process, develops a prototype that is tested with a trial audience, then goes through a revision process in which he or she iterates on the product until ..... well, until its done. In this case, the prototype and iterative process has to occur theoretically so that the best possible project can be rolled out to the students.
So here is what I have come up with so far, I feel like I have a long way to go and would love comments and feedback from my peers both at the school and from around the globe.
Link to Project Outline