Page 13 - Scene Magazine 45-02 February 2020
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Education Scene
BY MARSHALL ALLINSON, VIRGINIA PLATEK, AND ANNE STAGNER, Battle Creek Central
Project Based Learning: Scene Partners with Battle Creek Central
No one ever said teaching English would be easy. There are droves of pa- pers to grade, mounds of data to enter, and an abundance of lessons to plan and implement. What some people don’t know is that teaching English can also be humbling, exhilarating, and relent- lessly life changing.
As community members, we know our city has great opportunities: local business owners with thriving enter- prises, people who do their best to bring positive changes to our community,
and students with the vision to succeed. However, it is disheartening when pos- itive stories about Battle Creek Central students don’t make the local news.
So when Battle Creek Central made
the change to Project Based Learning (PBL), we knew we wanted to highlight the positive aspects of our community, something that Scene Magazine already does, so it made sense to use a commu- nity resource to highlight what makes Battle Creek amazing.
Project Based Learning begins with
a challenging question. Our question to our students is: How can we write en- gaging articles to attract people to Battle Creek? Students will have a choice of several different article topics and the sustained inquiry will begin. Groups will be formed based on student choice and interests. Once the research has been completed, the writing, revision, and reflection will take each student to
a published piece. We will meet in the media center with local and community members on May 20 and 21, listen to the articles in small groups, and provide feedback for our students on how to strengthen their writing.
We often see the billboards and signs that say, “Believe in the Change” and Battle Creek Public Schools has put
that into action. Our students are the future of our community, and as such, they deserve the opportunity to share their talents. Working with Scene will allow our students to create content that highlights our community, and in turn, will prove to those outside Battle Creek, we deserve positive headlines. Through student interest and choice, they will
create articles to share what they love about their town, and why we should get the recognition and accolades we deserve. We are proud of the support from our community and hope you will be pleased to see the good our students are doing.
We have brilliant writers at Battle Creek Central and we know the public product will be something everyone in and around the Battle Creek area will want to read. Scene magazine will be publishing some of our work in a later issue and it will be an issue you won’t want to miss! Stay tuned...
The project is being directed by Marshall Allinson, Virginia Platek, and Anne Stagner.
Editor’s Note: We are looking forward to working with Battle Creek Central on this exciting project and look forward to reading and sharing works from our area students.
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