Characteristics of Successful
Learning Circle Projects
1. The information requested is likely to show interesting
cultural and regional variation. Projects should be designed to take
advantage of the diversity represented in the Learning Circle. Having
students investigate the characteristics of their own environment in relationship
to others is a very effective teaching and learning tool.
2. The request for project information is reasonable
in scope and can be completed without a large investment of classroom
time. Remember, there will be many interesting Learning Circle projects
sponsored in your Learning Circle. In most cases, participating teachers
should be able to organize a response to your project across one or two
3. The sponsored project extends the classroom curriculum.
Learning Circle projects are an especially effective way to learn
when they are tied to more extensive learning activities that take place
in the classroom. Adding regional information to your lessons or providing
a "hands on" cooperative learning activity to demonstrate a concept are
very effective ways of extending classroom instruction.
4. The project information collected will be of interest
to a wide audience of students, teachers, parents, and others who read
the publication. The Circle publication summarizing the collected
information is a unique and current document. The student viewpoint as
well as the information itself can be of great interest to other students
and adults in the community.
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