Washington Discovery AcademyTeachers: Lindsey Risner, Lorien Goodwin and Courtney YoungCourse: Math, Science, Language Arts, Physical Education, Career/TechnicalGrade: 3Driving Question:How can we convince people to do something even if it is challenging? Project SnapshotThis project was built to develop a sense of agency and perseverance while focusing on our strengths and viewing challenges with excitement and failure as an opportunity to learn. Student ProductsColor Run inspired 5K5 Paragraph persuasive essaysT-shirts with handmade designsCommercial for the runMap of the pathTeacher Reflection“This was a powerful project. It had a huge impact on student mindset. Students encouraged one another and were never afraid to fail. Instead, they were consistently uplifting. Dare to Dream had a huge effect on culture.”“This project had learning opportunities in all subject areas including science, math, ELA and Health.”“Dare to Dream fostered great community connections with guest speakers, we partnered with our local park and raised money  for another local park to help build swings.”AssessmentWe used both the grade 5 oral communication rubric and the agency rubric provided from NTN below.New Tech Network Agency Rubrics Student Reflection“I will never forget this project.”“I can do anything with agency and perseverance.”“I like that we faced the challenge of weather (it rained :)).” “I’m glad all of our hard work paid off.” Community ReflectionFreedom park thanked us for our donation and our aspirations to view challenges in a positive light while focusing on those who face a challenge every day by donating our proceeds to this handicapped accessible park.Teachers at New Tech Network can view the full project in Echo using the Community Tool.  Search the Community using this code:BZ349297301_3ccd5a393e6f47a7abe4c75c22247f8eProjects Spotlights allow a glimpse into the great projects that are taking place in New Tech schools across the country. To learn more about Project-Based Learning or the New Tech Network, please contact us here.This blog is part of our Top NTN Resources of 2017 list. You can view the entire list here.

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