- Make sure you have taken a look at the PIP Projects page to see other projects that have been submitted.
- Please carefully read the “Information to Include” list below.
- Write a report of your project that includes the information listed below. You may also include photographs and other graphic elements.
- Proofread carefully.
- Send an electronic copy of your report as an attachment to Sallee Beneke at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also attach photographs and other graphic elements.
Information to Include in IL-PiP Project Report
Your name, address, center or program affiliation, and contact information (phone and email); please indicate the best time to contact you, if you list a phone number.
General information about the project
- Title of the project
- Age level(s) of the children who participated in the project
- Number of children involved
- Multi-age or single age? Half-day or full-day setting?
- Name of the school or center, and the city and county in which the project was conducted
- Length of time required to complete the project
- Number and names of teacher(s) involved in the project
Phase 1: Beginning the Project
- Why was the topic chosen?
- Was there a focusing event to begin the project? What was it?
- Did you create a topical web about children's knowledge before the project started?
- Did children represent their beginning knowledge and experiences with the topic before the investigation?
- What questions did the class decide to investigate? How were these questions generated and recorded?
- What were teachers’ expectations for the project?
Phase 2: Developing the Project
- What investigations occurred?
- What field sites were visited? What experts were interviewed on site and in the classroom?
- How did investigation questions change or become redirected by field work or interviewing experts?
- What print, online, or human resources were valuable?
- How were parents involved in the experience?
- How did children represent their learning? (drawings, sculptures, play environments, plays, books, videos, etc.)
Phase 3: Concluding the Project
- What culminating event closed the project?
- How was the project shared with parents and/or the community?
- What did children learn from the project? (Knowledge? Skills? Dispositions?)
Share your thoughts about the project. You may want to focus on one or more of these questions:
- Reflecting on this project, what did you learn as a teacher?
- How did the project surprise you in the way that it progressed?
- Was this a good topic?
- What was especially meaningful to you?
- What was difficult for you and/or what was easier then you thought it would be?
- Was there a child who especially benefited from the experience?
- What would you do differently in this project if you did it again?