How Do I Submit a Project?
- Make sure you have taken a look at the IEL Project Examples to see how other project reports that have been submitted.
- Carefully read the “Information to Include” list below.
- Write a report about your project that includes the information listed below. You may also include video, photographs, and other graphic elements.
- Be sure you have parent permission to share photos or other media (e.g., video) that includes their children.
- Carefully proofread your report.
- Send an electronic copy of your report (including media, photos, and any other graphic elements) as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information to Include in Your Project Report
Your name, address, center or program affiliation, phone and e-mail address.
Please include the following general information about the project:
- Title of the project
- Age level(s) of the children who participated in the project
- Number of children involved and general description of the class(es) involved (e.g., diversity of children, number with IEPs, family backgrounds)
- Name of the school or center and the city and county in which the project was conducted
- Type of program the project was created in (e.g., lab school, PFA, day care center), whether it’s inclusive, and whether children attend half day or full day
- Length of time required to complete the project
- Number and names of teacher(s) involved in the project
When writing up your project example, please try to answer as many of the following questions as possible in narrative form:
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 (e.g., 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 how 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?