Youth-Centered Coaching Moment
To keep your projects youth centered, staff need to work in different ways with different children and age groups, as well as take various roles throughout a project.
Which roles do you see your staff using most? Do they need to build skills as learning facilitators? Click on buttons below to highlight the skills you would like staff to build.
- Director: leading specific activities to meet objectives and carefully setting project limits and guidelines.
- Guide: helping map doable steps, monitoring progress and keeping things on track.
- Coach: giving suggestions when needed and help when asked.
- Colearner: exploring new areas.
- Cheerleader: offering encouragement along the way.
How can your staff work with children and youth to generate project ideas? Brainstorm around books, news stories, community events and school topics.
- Conduct local surveys or interviews.
- Take a walk and map assets or problems.
- Identify concerns, issues and needs of the group.
- Look at the local environment.
- Examine controversies.
- Discuss life-stage and development concerns.
Tools to Use
Help staff become project-based learning facilitators with Tools to Use.
Prepare for kickoff with the training Project-Based Learning in Action.
Train staff to put youth at the center with Getting and Using Youth Input.
Use the Brainstorm Planner for staff or youth to develop driving questions and project ideas.
Use the Supervision Checklist to guide feedback.
Support project development with the Project Planner.
- 2Key Terms
- 3Project-Based Learning Diagram
- 4What Makes a Good Project?
- 5Life Is Full of Projects
- 6Benefits of Projects
- 721st Century Skills
- 8Habits of Mind
- 9Projects or Activities?
- 10Project Kickoff
- 11Understanding Community Needs
- 12Become Active Investigators
- 13Engaging Students in Active Learning
- 14What Makes a Good Driving Question?
- 15Project Launch
- 16Learning by Doing
- 17Learning by Doing: Example
- 18Project-Based Learning in Action
- 19The Adult's Role
- 20Working With Diverse Student Groups
- 22Culminating Event Examples
- 23Time to Shine
- 24The Audience
- 25Document and Evaluate the Learning
- 27Civic Learning and Engagement Introduction
- 28Civic Learning and Engagement
- 29Committed to Positive Change
- 30Key Civic Terms
- 31A Special Kind of Project-Based Learning
- 32Civic Learning and Engagement in Action
- 33Encouraging Active Participation
- 34Building 21st Century Skills
- 35Linking With School-Day Civics
- 36Linking Civic Learning and Engagement With School-Day Learning
- 37Linking Skills and Academics With Civic Life
- 38Starting a Project
- 39Develop a Plan of Action
- 40Implement a Plan of Action
- 41Evaluate and Reflect
- 42Realizing the Results
- 43Learn More Library
- 46Check for Understanding
- 1Implementing Project-Based Learning
- 2Keep It Youth Centered
- 3Youth-Centered Coaching Moment
- 4Set Clear Goals and Objectives
- 5Goals and Objectives Coaching Moment
- 6Make it Doable and Sustainable
- 7Projects Over Time — Coaching Moment
- 8Facilitating Self-Directed Learning
- 9Self-Directed Learning Example
- 10Self-Directed Learning — Example 2
- 11Facilitation Strategies
- 12Think Globally, Act Locally
- 13Projects for Every Age
- 14Incorporate Multiple Perspectives
- 15Facilitation for Success
- 16Working With Agencies and Groups
- 17Demonstrate and Document Learning
- 18Demonstrate Learning — Coaching Moment
- 19Demonstrate Learning — Coaching Moment 2
- 20Pull It Together
- 21Additional Resources