Use the tools below to guide your project.
SA Project Planning Form v.2 (formerly, PBL Planning Form) – All projects approaches– PBL, Service Learning, and Experiential Learning– require common elements. Every project should incorporate connected, planned activities that address a question or problem and build toward a final event or product. This sustained inquiry and end product should tie together the work of the project and answers to the question or problem. This form is required for DHS-OST providers, and it is a good platform for all project approaches.
Task List – At the beginning of the project each group or class should create a group Task List that is posted in the classroom to track progress through the project activities. This list is like a “To-Do List” that the class refers to regularly. The group checks off tasks as they are completed. It provides youth a sense of completion and direction for their work, as well as an opportunity to visualize the order of activities. Staff members can use the list to work with youth and decide what activities might need to change, what materials might be needed, and what they need to plan for much farther in advance.
Debriefing Form (Elementary) and Debriefing Form (Middle/High)- Sample reflection forms that each youth must complete at the end of each project. (K-1st classes may conduct one group reflection.) These forms give youth an opportunity to review their accomplishments, and it should give providers useful feedback for future projects. Forms can be modified as needed.
FY2014 21st Century Skills Rubric– Whether you use Project-Based Learning as your approach to programming, or you use service learning or experiential learning, high quality OST programming should help youth build 21st Century Skills. Use the 21st Century Skills Rubric as a tool to evaluate students’ growth in these areas. For more information about using the 21st Century Skills Rubric, consult this instruction sheet. Additionally, a Word version of the Rubric is also available.
Project Essentials Checklist – an optional tool for Site Directors while planning projects. This series of simple, yes-or-no questions challenges OST providers to present students with engaging, hands on activities, incorporate new learning and 21st century skills effectively, and utilize the strengths of the PBL method through well-drafted Driving Questions and well-conceived Culminating Events.
(Many thanks to the Buck Institute for Education for helping us develop these tools.)