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Imagine it is November and you have a million things to do. How are you going to stay motivated to keep your project on track and your group working collaboratively? Include multiple strategies.


 
 

It is really sinking in that we will have the support that we need during the school year to make this project successful. One strategy to keep motivated is to draw upon the multiple support systems--Dr. Cooksy, last year's SOH team, James, other participating group members--that we have available to us. I will definitely take advantage of all the help these individuals can provide me with. If I am feeling unmotivated, I will express it to my group members and to this support team in hopes that they will rejuvenate my energy and spirit so that I can help my students finish the project. Another thing that I plan to take advantage of is PLC time that our principal has set aside for us to meet. This along with our weekly meetings after school are sure to help with the collaboration and communication to get the project finished. Above all, believing that the students are learning a substantial amount of content, developing tools, and social skills will help me continue motivated and energetic.


 
 

Imagine it is November and you have a million things to do. How are you going to stay motivated to keep your project on track and your group working collaboratively? Include multiple strategies.


With the new schedule we will have a break at the beginning of October, the break will help. We have talked about having a 'reinvigorating meeting' just before we return. If we have our schedule well laid out it should help motivate us to stay on track.


We have a plan to meet every week and meet with Fridolin every 6 weeks. Everyone in my group (except me) is anal and very detail oriented, which is super. I feel a great obligation to do my part and help guide and motivate the group.


Lastly, and most importantly, this is a COOL project. I am excited about doing it. This will translate to student excitement and enthusiastic students always keep me motivated.


Lisa


 
 

How are you going to stay motivated to keep your project on track and your group working collaboratively? Include multiple strategies


So how are we going to stay motivated? I say we because our group is in this together.


I think that planning on meeting weekly will help to stay motivated.


My students learning new techniques of news reporting and how to make a movie. Their interest and excitement will help me keep motivated.


To have a get togethers with the students, just social things were they can meet and talk, maybe even talk about the project in a more relaxed atmosphere.


By remembering that the idea is to increase student learning and moving the responsibility from me giving them info to the students realizing that what they learn by doing the work (research) themselves will pay off in the long run, as they become a life long learner.


Happy hour! :)


 
 

I am going to always stay positive and be aware of the benchmarks and deadlines for our project. I am going to sometimes be the bossy one and make sure we are all doing the tasks we set for our team and ourselves so we stay on track. I am going to try and be as organized as possible and make sure that if we hit a roadblock we make sure we just jump over it and move past it and continue to move forward. I think the three of us are very excited about this project and want our project to be something that are students are proud of, something that they learn a lot from, especially the value of teamwork. I will always be motivated to keep our project on track because in the end it is all about our students and I do not want to let them down.


 
 

Imagine it is November and you have a million things to do. How are you going to stay motivated to keep your project on track and your group working collaboratively? Include multiple strategies.


It is not difficult to "imagine" having a million things to do in a short amount of time and the answer to staying motivated is not an easy one. When I feel like my head is spinning and smoke is coming out of my ears, I find that creating a checklist that reflects what has to be done helps tremendously. Prioritizing tasks that help accomplish short-term goals typically allows me to methodically chip away at what needs to be done. Focusing on the calendar of events and due dates will help me keep the end in mind and my project goals on track. Additionally, committing to interdisciplinary team meetings and relying on the collaborative dynamic of my group will help me communicate my challenges, troubleshoot solutions, and mitigate any problems. In the end, I need to hold myself and the students accountable for assignments and activities that need to be scheduled for the culminating product.


 
 

Working collaboratively is always a challenge but these two weeks have been good for our team. We feel very much like a team and are understanding our strengths. Hopefully our assets are strong - we have a project that will be high interest for the students and they are good keeping you focused when they are interested. We have a good support group at school from last year that can give us pointers as we move through the year and we are so excited about our support from UCSD, SDSU and beyond. We hope to involve the entire school in our "healthy" focus and that should keep us on task. We have already created benchmarks and a calendar for regular meetings. Keeping our enthusiasm up and focusing on our successes - that keeps a group going!


 
 

Imagine it is November and you have a million things to do. How are you going to stay motivated to keep your project on track and your group working collaboratively? Include multiple strategies.

I think the administrative support will be key to staying on track. Our principal has designated days for us to work together instead of faculty meetings. I am sure he will be checking on our progress. Since we are starting the Science Innovation Academy, he has a strong interest in seeing us succeed. I don't think it's an option to not do the project. Also, we have agreed to meet once a week which will also help us stay in touch with what is going on in each of our classes and time to ask how we can help each other. Since this project is designed to incorporate our standards, I feel it will be easier to stay on track because we have to teach the content anyway. This just gives us a more creative way to teach the students what we need them to know.


 
 

Imagine it is November and you have a million things to do. How are you going to stay motivated to keep your project on track and your group working collaboratively? Include multiple strategies.


I think maintaining regular contact with Roland will help us stay motivated. Simply talking with him is thought-provoking and inspiring. He brings a lot of passion to what he does, and I know that that transfers to us pretty easily.


It's easy to get lost in the tasks of the school year and start to let administrative (yes, even for teachers) tasks get in the way. Really keeping a focus on the "big picture" of our project will also help us to stay motivated.


Beginning the project from the very start of the school year will help get that initial "buy in" from our students. We really need to hook them in, to sell them on the project for it to maintain some healthy momentum. If our students are invested, then it will be easier for us to act as facilitators and managers, rather than having to expend so much energy to drive the project.


We already have our PLC meeting time scheduled in advance for our CyberBridge team. In addition to discussing the logistics and implementation of the project, it might be helpful to include some more team-building activities as well, so we can stay fresh and motivated to work collaboratively.


Above all, there must be honesty and communication between our group for things to really succeed. Issues must be brought to the forefront as soon as they arise, and victories need to be celebrated!


 
 

Support from within our CyberBridge group at Granger will be the key during busy times. I hope that all of us will consistently meet on Mondays - having a set routine will help me to remain organized and more relaxed. Also, paying attention to each other's needs and offering help if one member is more busy will allow us to grow as a team. In addition, I am anticipating that my students' enthusiasm for our project will feed my enthusiasm. I also know that implementing a project that is of personal interest to me (i.e. satellites/GPS) will keep me motivated.


 
 
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