It’s so funny how fast time truly flies when you’re having fun. This week, students were able to act as employees & are moving right along using the Who’s Watching PBL we began from Next Lesson! Since my standards require me to teach a suite of products to include word processing, publishing, presentation, and spreadsheets it was important to me to incorporate each of these while we worked through this task. In the past, I only taught using Microsoft Office but I thought it would be a good time to try out Google Apps since we are a newly minted GAFE school. Let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint!
In order to teach each of my standards, I tweaked the products from Next Lesson and used them in class to demonstrate skills my “employees” needed to do to decide on the movie relaunch. While the Next Lesson website has them broken down into an ELA and a Graphing/Rounding activity, it wasn’t conducive for me to push out an entire lesson at one time due to the need to teach each standard and based on my time constraint (70 min every other day) and the end of the quarter (next week). Using Google Classroom, my students are able to access their work for the task each class period and reflect on them for the finale.
Since I am using Google Classroom, my students are able to access their work for the task each class period and reflect on them for the finale. This created a great “folder” for their work and a way for them to access lessons and work with data while they acted as Movie Marketers. To do this, I broke them down as follows:
Word Processing (Google Docs)
Graphing (Google Sheets)
When I tell you this process worked; it WORKED! Students were able to demonstrate the skills and bought into the theme more than I even imagined. This was apparent when I was discussing directions and couldn’t mention a student’s name, to which another student replied “You’re our manager and you don’t remember our name?”. It was funny (I’m horrible with names…REALLY bad) and made me realize they’d taken the task seriously. Up next is our final presentations and the end of the 9 weeks…I’m ready and dreaming up my next PBL plans!!!