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Project teaching: tips and ideas for project work in school

Supporting pointers for the realization of project work and lots of ideas as well as examples from practice: In this article we have summarized everything for project-based learning in the classroom, suitable for all classes and school types. Get inspired!

Project teaching or project-based learning can be described as standalone Define the processing of a task or a problem by a group as part of the lesson.

Project work is a good way to bring students closer to a certain topic in a slightly different way and to everyday teaching more varied to design.

The advantages of project-based work:

  • the students analyze their own work more intense
  • they are motivated to be more active in the classroom to participate
  • they learn to be independent in a Work group and resolve conflicts
  • they strengthen her Self-confidencebecause they give their voice to the project and present it to the class
  • they are content as well Methods different subjects independently

The thematic possibilities for project work in school are almost inexhaustible. Be it a play about Albert Einstein, a concept for the school garden or dealing with cyberbullying at school - there are no limits to your imagination and creativity.

In this post you will find both supportive Clues to carry out as well original ideas around the project work. They are suitable for all classes and school types and supplemented with practical examples.

7 steps to successful project teaching: phases of project work

If you want to do project work in your class, you should think carefully in advance about how this can be implemented most effectively.

You can do this seven steps serve as support:

  1. The project initiative: Every project begins with a first impulse - the project initiative. This can be an idea, a wish, a problem or a task. It can be initiated by the students as well as the teachers.
  1. The project outline: Now one of the many different proposals will be selected and specified. At the end of this work step, there should be a first project sketch developed by the pupils.
  1. The project plan: The sketch becomes a work plan. The project goal and a time frame are set and the tasks are distributed.
  1. Execution: The students implement the plan. You will take care of the completion of your tasks on your own responsibility and independently within the deadlines discussed.
  1. The exam: The team sits down again and again and checks whether and how the agreed goals have been achieved.
  1. The conclusion and the presentation: The project is brought to an end and the results are presented by the participants. For example, at a class, school party or an open day.
  1. The reflection: The pupils review the project, agree on what went well and what went bad, and deal with the conflicts that arose during the project.

There are different phase models and it is often the nature of the project that determines the structure of the collaboration. Further phase models about project work can be found here.

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The PROGRESS method: ways of implementation

The model of self-directed small group project work based on the PROGRESS method is to be developed with the aim of successfully implementing project work in schools so that learners can use this model to develop practical skills. The prerequisite for the development of practical skills is a form of learning in which learners can learn independently. Learners have to be prepared for this and thus for the project work. They need a certain basic level of practical skills that they can acquire in “conventional” lessons.

Didactic methodology | Elementary school | 1-13 class | 33 pages | UTB

Keywords: counselor

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5 original ideas for your class

Even if the above-mentioned phases of the project work have been successfully implemented, the most important thing is that the pupils also have fun with the project work, are motivated and also learn new things.

We have five creative ideas on the subject of project-oriented learning summarized for you, which you can use in different grade levels.

Park landscape (5th - 10th grade)

Based on the works of the well-known expressionist painter Paul Klee In art class, the pupils get to know its abstract language of symbols and colors and use them in the creation of images.

In this project the following materials required:

  • Color foils with two works by Paul Klee
  • white drawing paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • yellow or light blue construction paper
  • Paint box and brush
  • glue stick

Since the task consists of several steps, we have briefly summarized them for you.

1. Viewing the image

The pupils look at Klee's pictures and note which symbols the artist used for trees, clouds, the sun, bushes, etc. You should also focus on the choice of color.

2. Foreground and background of the park landscape

  1. The pupils hold the construction paper vertically and divide it in the middle with a horizontal guide line.
  2. You design in pencil in the upper half a Hilly landscape with clouds.
  3. After that, the bottom half of the sheet of foreground drawn from paths, trees, bushes and then everything with watercolors painted. Here, other colors than in nature should be used consciously.
  4. The pupils exchange the colors of the background, dark and light Games should stand out from one another well.
  5. Foreground and background are then cut apart on the drawn line.

3. Middle distance of the park landscape

In this step, the students work on a white drawing sheet in landscape format. First they draw another one with a pencil Range of hills with trees, houses, paths (the lower edge should look like a curved line) and then design everything in color. The Top and bottom edge are cut out along the drawn silhouette lines.

4. Combine all parts of the picture

The foreground and background are glued to a white A3 sheet at the end so that there is a narrow one between the two parts Space remains, whereupon the Middle ground is glued.

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Park landscape - a project for art lessons in secondary level I. With teacher instructions and information on implementation in the classroom.

Based on pictures by Paul Klee, a park-like landscape of symbols and colored areas is designed in abstract sign language.

Art | Comprehensive school | 5-10 grade | 4 pages | Persians

Keywords: Art, basic areas of experience of young people, artists, I, body and feelings, artist on "I, body, feelings", Paul Klee, artist on "I, body, feelings", landscapes, expressionism, symbols

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Tell me (1st - 4th grade)

As part of this exercise, numerous storytelling projects, such as B. The storytelling market, storytelling theater and storytelling night are presented and tips are given on planning and conducting storytelling lessons.

You can choose between the following options:

Narrative market

The pupils get it Index cards with narrative topics and move freely in the classroom. When two or more children meet, they tell each other about the topics on their index cards.

Narrative theater 

Be at the narrative theater Stick figures and puppets used. The children come up with a story with their classmates and perform it in front of the class.

TIP: The pupils can also make the stick figures themselves in art classes or at the WTG (works and textile design).

Narrative night

They spend the night in the school building and the children think of stories in advance, which are then told in different classrooms.

Story scavenger hunt 

Ten locations in the school building are selected, the path through the school building is marked and objects are positioned at the locations. The pupils start in groups at different narrative locations, at first they think about the beginning of a story and then develop it further at the other stations.

Story opening

Stories from the pupils are collected and presented in the school building. Parents and siblings are also invited to the vernissage.

Storytelling workshop

Index cards with narrative reasons are laminated and kept in a corner of the classroom. The pupils can use the storytelling workshop during free work phases.

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Storytelling projects and other ideas

Storytelling projects such as storytelling market, storytelling theater and storytelling night are presented. Furthermore, tips are given for planning and carrying out storytelling lessons.

German | Elementary school | 1-4 class | 2 pages | Except

Keywords: German, Deutsch_neu, literature, language, writing, primary level, secondary level I, upper secondary level, dealing with fictional texts, communication, language awareness, style, production of literary forms, speaking and listening, analysis of fictional texts, communication models, oral storytelling, creating narrative situations, Basics, narrative aids, stimulation and encouragement of speaking and listening, developing narrative structure, narrative technique

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Destination: Moon (5th - 10th grade)

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

This phrase went around the world in 1969 when Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Bring the topic to your students Moon landing, with the interesting materials from RAABE Verlag, closer.

The pupils have to solve various tasks in the project, e. For example, in five minutes you write down everything you can think of about the moon, test your knowledge of the celestial body mentioned in a quiz, answer questions based on a newspaper article and tell what effects the moon landing has on the present day.

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Preparation of the project work

Image entry as well as a quiz question about the current level of knowledge of the students. In order to provide the entire class with a common knowledge base as a starting point for the project work, a newspaper article is examined together. Foil M 4 serves as an introduction to this.

Physics | High school | 5-10 grade | 6 pages | Raabe


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DIY fairy tales (1st - 4th grade)

fairy tale accompany us through life and stimulate our creativity, so why not write one yourself?

This project can be used in religion or ethics classes, because topics such as the afterlife, death, the idea of ​​paradise and others are addressed.

Please note, however, that this project can take a few weeks to complete.

Steps of the project implementation:

  • Educate the pupils Small groups and first come up with a title and a rough topic for the fairy tale. Only then do they start writing. Both the typical formulations (e.g. “Once upon a time ...”) as well modern Elements and themes are used. The fairy tale can be divided into smaller chapters. So every student can take on a chapter.

ANNOTATION: Even if the pupils work in groups, it does not mean that they should sit close to each other. Here too, of course, the Distance rules get noticed.

  • The children collect Imagery (e.g. on the Internet) or design it yourself and merge the pictures with the written story.
  • In the end, the story will be in front of the class presents. The pupils are free to decide how they would like to implement this.

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Beyond - project work on writing fairy tales

The pupils create their own fairy tale using instructions and suggestions from the document.

Religion ethics | Elementary school | 1-4 class | 4 pages | MedienLB

Keywords: Religion-Ethik_neu, Deutsch_neu, primary level, secondary level I, secondary level II, living together, literature, individual and community, literary genres, feelings and needs, epic short forms, lifetime: mourning and death, fairy tales

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Les Allemands ... (9th - 13th grade)

in the French lessons the pupils should research and analyze how the cultural image of Germany is perceived in France and how French websites present Germany and its specific cultural phenomena.

The youngsters talk about their experiences in this way Stereotypes of European history between France and Germany and question it.

And this is how it's done:

  1. Project preparation: the pupils describe a picture of the supposedly French view of Europe. Here are already the first Ideas and topic-relevant expressions collected.
  2. It will Project groups and the students discuss which cultural characteristics are ascribed to Germans abroad. The specified Web pages called. The respective group searches for this step specific topicwhich she would like to deal with (the main topic remains Prejudices and clichés). 
  3. The youngsters search the Internet Statements and relevant content on their subject. You are free to decide how you want to process the information obtained. The focus is not only on the information found, the pupils should also check its validity questioning
  4. Then the individual projects presented. After each presentation there is a short feedback session.

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«Les Allemands ... ... ne mangent que des saucisses» - How the French see the Germans

The aim of this intercultural teaching proposal is to explore clichés and prejudices about Germany on French websites and to question them critically as part of a project research.

French | Comprehensive school | 9-13 class | 5 pages | Friedrich

Keywords: French_new, secondary level I, secondary level II, intercultural skills and regional studies, media, oral production and reception, intercultural encounters, classification, production of oral texts, digital media, coherent speaking, internet, clichés, stereotypes, prejudices, German-French friendship, German- French relationships, intercultural learning, typically German, French view of Germany, German culture

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For inspiring project lessons: examples from practice

As you have seen, the possibilities for project work are like this diverse like life itself. As a rule, the starting point is formed by generally formulated suggestions for topics from which then arise concrete ideas develop. We did a bit of browsing and came across some impressive projects ...

Draw attention to social problems with a film project

Why not one Movie turn on a socially important topic?

The Kurt Tucholsky School in Hamburg shows how it is done. Happiness is an illusion is the name of the feature film that focuses on child poverty. The film is about a 15-year-old schoolgirl who lives with her mother, an alcoholic, and two sisters in a prefabricated housing estate and has to struggle with exclusion and excessive demands.

Source: Youtube

The low budget production emerged from the biography a schoolgirl. The script was written by the teacher Doro KleffnerWitkowski Developed together with students in the 9th and 10th grades.

With the help of the filmmaker Marc Witkowski the story was realized. Pupils and teachers of the school acted as Actresses and actors with or engaged in various functions behind the camera. You can watch the trailer HERE.

Make environmental pollution and health the topic of a project week

"We want to become a quiet school", the North Leopoldshöhe Primary School in North Rhine-Westphalia has written on the flags.

noise is an environmental pollution that puts a lot of stress on the nerves of many people. Therefore, the school has "noise" as a theme Project week made.

The children paid attention to noises in the environment and at school; they wondered what noise is and how to protect yourself from it; they got to know the structure of the human ear, kept an audio diary and made experiments with sound. More about the course of the project week HERE.

Stand up for good togetherness and against racism with social project work

Schoolchildren in Bavaria posed as part of a Competition diverse projects on their feet in order to Refugees to help. A total of 76 schools took part in the competition under the motto “Learn Support Refugees - Students for Integration and Solidarity”.

Source: Aloys Fischer School

One of the schools that were awarded was the Aloys Fischer School in Deggendorf, which carried out various beautiful projects in their region. For example, the students collected B. a minibus full of warm clothes to equip the refugees arriving at the border for the cold winter.

They also ran one Christmas package promotion for refugee children in their district and set a sign for peace and more tolerance with one Peace sign from hundreds of candles.

Strengthen the entrepreneurial gene of the schoolchildren with project work

The SGS student cooperative of the municipal high school in Selm shows what dynamism a project can develop once it has started.

Founded in 2012, the student cooperative represents regional products to strengthen the “we-feeling” in their hometown. The pupils of the eighth to twelfth grades meet once a week in the rooms of their school and plan the next one Products (e.g. buttons, key rings and bags), find out about current numbers and coordinate the next sales and investments. All of this happens in addition to everyday school life and in individual responsibility the pupil.

Project class on the topic of home: making a travel guide

The pupils and teachers at the Humanist Greifenstein Gymnasium Thum developed a charming idea: They created one travel Guide for her hometown Thum.

Source: Bernd März / Freiepresse

The work comprises an impressive 50 pages. The students researched on site, took photos and wrote the texts. Hiking maps can be found in it, for example, but also practical information such as the opening times of the medical practices and various public institutions. The travel guide is available in 5 languages.

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