After the History Fair Thursday night (see the last post) I had the students reflect on the whole experience in class on Friday. We talked together for a while and then I had them write, responding to a few questions. The last question was “What suggestions do you have for next year’s 8th grade, to make sure this process is as meaningful as possible?” Here are some of their responses:
Use your research phase!!!!
Just bite the bullet and do your work. You’ll love yourself more at the end.
Don’t leave your work to the last day. Just do it ahead of time.
Pick a topic that you like, but don’t pick one that has very few resources to research.
Work hard and pick a topic you are interested in.
Work hard. You will be very proud of yourself in the end if you do.
Practice presenting. It may seem stupid, but go through your presentation once or twice the night before. It will pay off.
Research really thoroughly and spend a lot of time making the board look nice.
Start working on your paper as soon as possible and don’t freak out about the presentation.
Choose a topic you love! Because you are stuck with it for a long time.
Don’t stress, but prepare.
Start as early as possible, and break your work up equally for each day.
This was a much better project than memorizing information for a test (the Constitution test!!!) that you’ll forget the day after the test.
The work is really worth it in the end. Commit to the process!
I love my job!