Projects or Activities?
|Ongoing||Have a clear timeline, with clear starts and end points|
|Teacher planned||Student directed|
|Fun||Fun, but also challenging|
|Predictable in outcome||Open-ended, with no single correct answer|
|Like school||Centered on real-world issues|
What's the difference between projects and activities? With projects, there's an intentional focus on answering a particular question or solving a problem. Consider these comparisons:
- Open gym is an afterschool activity. A Community Fitness Challenge, in which students set personal fitness goals and teach family members how to play different active games, is a project.
- Homework help is an afterschool activity. Our Stories, in which students choose books that reflect their heritage and create short videos to tell their own stories, is a project.
- Trash cleanup is a community service activity. For the Birds, in which students learn about wildlife habitats, then build nesting boxes and bird identification signs for a local park, is a project.
Reflect on This
Think of an afterschool activity you’d like to remodel into a project. How would you make it more relevant to student lives and more connected to the community? Capture your thoughts and questions in My Notebook.