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Designing an effective experience that incorporates Project-Based Learning, the Creative Sequence, and the Skills4Success begins with:

Setting the State for Investigation

Identifying what standards and skills you would like the students to uncover and learn, developing a driving question for the experience, and identifying an authentic challange, issue, or oppertunity that students will explore.

Identifying Team Strengths

Getting students to understand and appreciate their own and other's strengths.



Trading Cards

Students get to know one another by creating trading cards about themselves that include (1) a self-portrait, (2) a nickname for themselves, and (3) one thing that others are not likely to know.  Students pass them around and look for cards that they would like to ask a question about.  
Overview of Trading Cards

Memory Wall

This is a strategy to create visual "memory scenes" of stand-out moments within the classroom in which students learned together, collaborated effectively, worked through a difficult situation, etc. This strategy is effective at celebrating accomplishments within the classroom and building camaraderie among students.
Overview of Memory Wall

Bug List

Students collect a list of things that irritate or "bug" them. This could be displayed somewhere in the classroom and serve as driving questions for students to explore at different times during the year.  
Overview of a Bug List


A fun technique in which students tell stories about things that happened within the classroom or while working in teams around positive or neutral terms or concepts that the educator decides upon (e.g. - collaboration, helpful, cooperation, etc.)  This technique helps build camaraderie among students across the classroom.
Overview of Campfire

Creative DNA

Utilizing six colored post-it notes that correspond with the colors of the creative sequence, students visually show what part of the creative sequence they like the most and which they like the least. This technique is especially effective when students are just beginning to work in teams on a unit that involves the Creative Sequence because it gives them a sense of where the team will work well and where they may encounter some difficulty working together.
Overview of Creative DNA

The Innovation 5

Within this technique, students get an overview of five of the traits that make up someone who is innovative and that we all possess in different quantities.  During the overview of the traits, students fill in a spider diagram that shows their own innovator profile and which of the five traits they believe they excel at.  The emphasis here is that each and every student has a strength that they can bring to collaborative work.    
Innovation 5 presentation

Spider Diagram 
Spider Diagram Powerpoint

Save the Last Word

This is a protocol to help students discuss a text that they are reading, especially one that is complex and could be viewed in multiple ways. Within small groups (3 - 5) students choose a passage to read aloud that they found particularly interesting. One student reads the passage aloud and (after pausing for a moment to think about the passage) each of the other students within the group takes one minute to respond to the passage they heard.  After each of the other students has responded, the person who shared the passage has three minutes to comment on why they chose the passage and what they heard.

Overview of Save the Last Word

Talking Chips

By giving each student a set amount of "talking chips" during a discussion, either the educator or the students themselves can manage who has and has not participated within the discussion.
Overview of Talking Chips

Red:Green Cards

By giving each student a red and a green card during a discussion, the educator can get instant feedback on whether students agree or disagree/understand or do not understand what is being discussed. This technique can also be utilized with students when they are working in small groups.
Overview of Red:Green Cards


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David Searles
Associate Superintendent
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Susan Tater
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Nicole Gitler
Program Developer
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Denise Smyk
Program Developer
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Kari VanderVeen
Administrative Assistant
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Melissa Bultema
Specialist/Early College
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Caleigh Dick
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David Ladd
Career Development Facilitator
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