Congratulations on creating a project where educators can 'see' what diving deep into common core standards really means.
While many of our students could state in simple terms what a circle is, define radius and diameter, and do advanced computation of circumference and area, they struggled with applying that knowledge to this project.
Your activities show that students need to reach deeper through meaningful student learning activities such as The Hovercraft Project to truly get at the essence of understanding.
The Hovercraft Project created such great energy among our educators to reflect on their own teaching and learning practices, not only academically, but also with social-emotional competencies.
Oh wait....and the students.....this is the project they will remember in adulthood!
I didn't even feel like I was in school!
Today was truly the best school program I have ever experienced, as student or parent. You have truly bottled lightning.
I actually socialized.
I just wanted to send you a quick thankyou note for coming all the way up to the 'North Country' to share The Hovercraft Project with our 6th grade class.
From what I could see written on the faces of the students, they truly enjoyed the experience.
What I was so impressed with, was your facilitation of the program. The students were so tuned into their tasks based on the structure you require of each group and the impromptu meetings of team leaders and other group members.
Giving the students ownership in the project really seemed to make all the difference (not to mention the chance to build and ride on a hovercraft…so cool)!!
Again, thanks for a great experience!
It was really fun watching the teachers on the hovercrafts.
Shows you how important teamwork is.
I had fun. I learned to work with people I usually don't. And time flew! It felt like the beginning of the day when it was already time to go home.
I loved working together and becoming closer with the people in my group.