TLP P&I Course Lesson 3 Block 3: House Projects

Block Description

Learners understand during what days house competitions can be held, and during what days preparation for house activities can be done. 

During Block

Step 1: Greet Class (2 min)

Step 2: Review Previous Session (2 min)
What did we learn in the previous lesson? (We learned about house days and house competitions.)

Can we discuss Block 2 homework? (Ensure that the principals have chosen competitions that are feasible, and ensure that they have answered the questions asked.)

Step 3: Set Expectations (2 min)
In this block, we are going to learn about house projects. 

Step 4 Description

  • Learners understand the house projects system

Step 4 Content 

The house projects system has been created to enable students to apply their drive and skills to create a change in their community. 

6 students (or more, if the students deem it necessary) can sign up for a project, and they have 2 months to finish the project.

  • A list of projects is provided to the students. The house captains and house members choose the projects.
  • Teach the entire school a concept that will make their lives measurably better. (Nutrition, health care, sustainability, hygiene, cleanliness of surroundings, safety, etc.) and hold a fair to popularise the concept.
  • Hold a science fair to demonstrate essential science concepts/new technologies to the school.
  • Execute a project that demonstrably increases the quality of life of the school support staff
  • Execute a project that demonstrably increases the subject understanding of students who need support
  • Execute a project that helps the school become clean and hygienic
  • Execute a project that helps better the lives of a chosen group of students in school
  • Identify an orphanage and execute a project that adds value to the orphanage
  • Identify a home for seniors/nursing home and complete a project that adds value to the nursing home
  • Hold a parent session that will help make student learning better
  • Provide a novel learning experience to students (for example, bring an external teacher/parent to share their career experience, facilitate a themed show-and-tell).

The house project team can request for budget and any other required assistance from the school management.

Step 5 Description

  • Learners understand the project mentorship guidelines.

Step 5 Content

Principals and house teachers will be trained on how to guide students on executing their house projects. The training notes are given below:

Once the projects are introduced and chosen, and the project team is created, the principal and house teacher will sit with the project team and take them through the following process. The project team has to maintain detailed project notes in one project notebook.


Step 1: (Principal, House Teacher, Project Team)
Team Building

  • Choose a team leader, who has to maintain team notes
  • Describe the project that has been chosen by the team
    • Example 1: Execute a project that demonstrably increases the subject understanding of students who need support
    • Example 2: Execute a project that demonstrably increases the quality of life of the school support staff

Step 2: (Principal, House Teacher, Project Team)
End-User Identification

  • Define the end-user/target audience of the project
    • Example 1: Students
    • Example 2: The school support staff (housekeeping staff, security, etc.)

Step 3: (Principal, House Teacher, Project Team)
Data Collection

  • Make a plan for interviewing the target audience
  • Choose 3 or 4 different end-users (Eg 1: Grade 2 students, Grade 6 students, students who have not scored well in an exam, etc./ Eg 2: housekeeping staff, security, admin staff, etc.)
  • Decide on the questions that need to be asked
  • Decide on the date and time of the interview

Step 4: (Project Team)
Problem Definition

  • Take the interview and note down a list of problems faced by the end-users
    • Example 1: Some grade 2 students do not know the alphabet fully / Some Grade 4 students have not understood English grammar.
    • Example 2: The school support staff has to constantly clean the bathrooms because students keep making them dirty / The school support staff has do not have the required equipment to clean/ The school watchmen find it difficult to sit in the heat

Step 5: (Principal, House Teacher, Project Team)
Ideation

  • Ideate solutions for the problem
  • Choose one problem for one end-user
  • Discuss and come up with at least 10 ideas for solving the problem.
  • Discuss and vote for the top 3 ideas based on feasibility and budget

Step 6: (Principal, House Teacher, Project Team)
Prototype Design

  • Make a plan to implement the solution
  • Discuss and write down the steps that need to be taken to implement the solution
  • Assign the team to each of these tasks based on their strength areas
  • Discuss the budget needed, and discuss how the budget can be procured
  • Assign deadlines to tasks

Step 7: (Project Team)
Prototype Implementation

  • Implement solution: Each project team member starts taking the actions decided in the previous step
  • Each project team member maintains notes of what they did

Step 8: (Principal, House Teacher, Project Team)
Prototype Troubleshooting and Iteration

  • Project team members share their actions and discuss issues faced
  • Project team members come up with ideas to solve the issues

Step 9: (Principal, House Teacher, Project Team)
Evaluation

  • Discuss what the impact of the solution has been on the end-user
  • Write down a report of the impact in the project notebook

Step 10: (Principal, House Teacher, Project Team)
Reflection

  • Discuss what each project member learned/discovered about themselves during the project experience
  • Discuss what each project member learned/discovered about the end-user
  • Discuss what could have gone better during the project and what improvements can be made the next time


Step 11: (Project Team)
Documentation

  • The project team submits their project notebook, which should have all the 10 steps and detailed notes under each step.
  • The project team submits photos and videos related to the project.

Homework

  • Choose a project type.
  • Come up with an idea under the project type. 
  • Fill in a dummy project plan based on the steps you learned about 
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