The most wonderful thing happened to me this year – I lost my job. After several years in full time tech integration, budget cuts landed me back into the classroom. Isn’t that a strange twist of fate? Yes, I was a bit bent out of shape at first, but quickly (and I mean in just a few days) realized how amazing it would be to take all the training I’ve been doing with teachers and directly give it to the students we’re trying to impact. What would it be like to actually run my own 21st century classroom? What tools would I need? What projects would I want to run?
I tossed the ideas around for a few weeks while I was finishing up my summer nerdy teacher workshops and pulled out one of my favorite novels to teach, Treasure Island. Knowing that I would be a project based classroom, I immediately went to work on designing a Treasure Island unit. Today’s post will feature the steps I took to develop this unit in hopes of guiding other teachers into developing their own projects.