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Improvement Science Project

Improvement Science Project- PLAN: Draft a proposal for your change idea (on a new page on your blog/portfolio):  List your action steps along with person(s) responsible and timeline.  The change that I would like to test, is how students experience and learn about pilgrimage. I think students will learn more about historical and religious sites if they actually go on a pilgrimage, even if it is via Tour Builder.  They could also use Google Forms to conduct surveys of what the pilgrims would need for their pilgrimage.  The students could then dress the part, go on a pilgrimage on campus, and pick up a pilgrimage badge at the end of the pilgrimage route.  The students, teacher, EA, parents, security, and the administration would be involved in this PDSA.  This change will take approximately two weeks to implement.  The students will need examples of pilgrimages, the typical garb that was worn, pilgrimage badges, art supplies, laptops with access to the internet, a lesson on using Tour Builder, and a permission form to go on the pilgrimage.  The data will include their surveys with responses and comments, their tours, pictures of their costumes, the pilgrimage and the badges, reflections, and how they scored on parts of the Romanesque Unit Exam that are related to pilgrimage.

What have you learned so far? Thus far, I have learned that there are pilgrimages being made by high school and college students for reasons other than the salvation of their soul.  I have also discovered some very interesting resources that support the benefits of both place based and culture based educational approaches to teaching the Common Core. What challenges are you most interested in trying to solve? I am most interested in providing students with choices for utilizing technology with the real world.  What is your change idea?   Discovering innovative and creative ways to experience pilgrimage.

Improvement Science Part I:

 Innovative and Creative ways to experience Pilgrimage

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Synthesize readings: What are the big ideas? The big ideas include place based and culture based learning.  They also include the history of pilgrimage where different religious denominations are concerned.  In addition, they include multi-disciplinary collaborative experiments based on interactive technologies and artifacts.  Another idea is that cultural routes are a vital component of our heritage, and that they need recognition and protection just as historical buildings or ecological reserves do.   Lastly, they show that,” Place-based pedagogies are needed so that the education of citizens might have some direct bearing on the wellbeing of the social and ecological places people actually inhabit.”, (Gruenewald, 2003). What’s resonating? The work of Dr. Walter Kahumoku, C3 Framework and the pilgrimage projects that students have created are resonating with me.  This is mainly because I have seen the results of employing a place and culture based education approach combined with “Inquiry Design Model”.  What questions do you have?  How do I reconcile the differences between HCPSIII, C3 Framework and ESSA?  Will I be able to about the type of change that will truly empower my students?

What is your change idea? Discovering innovative and creative ways to experience pilgrimage. The change that I would like to test, is how students experience and learn about pilgrimage. I think students will learn more about historical and religious sites if they actually go on a pilgrimage, even if it is via Tour Builder.  They could also use Google Forms to conduct surveys of what the pilgrims would need for their pilgrimage.  The students could then dress the part, go on a pilgrimage on campus, and pick up a pilgrimage badge at the end of the pilgrimage route.  The students, teacher, EA, parents, security, and the administration would be involved in this PDSA.  This change will take approximately two weeks to implement.  The students will need examples of pilgrimages, the typical garb that was worn, pilgrimage badges, art supplies, laptops with access to the internet, a lesson on using Tour Builder, and a permission form to go on the pilgrimage.  The data will include their surveys with responses and comments, their tours, pictures of their costumes, the pilgrimage and the badges, reflections, and how they scored on parts of the Romanesque Unit Exam that are related to pilgrimage.

What did you learn about from the resources you gathered?  Thus far, I have learned that there are pilgrimages being made by high school and college students for reasons other than the salvation of their soul.  I have also discovered some very interesting resources that support the benefits of both place based and culture based educational approaches to teaching the Common Core. What challenges are you most interested in trying to solve? I am most interested in providing students with choices for utilizing technology with the real world. 

Improvement Science Project Resources

“Pilgrimage Project”  Improvement Science Project Part II

Describe what actually happened when you ran the test. I started the “Pilgrimage Project” by creating a Google slide deck, which I shared with my students, Chris Wilson, who is our resident expert on Google Tour Builder, and the principal. In addition, I sent an email to the principal to explain the project and seek out her approval. After receiving her blessing, I proceeded to schedule Chris for the Tour Builder lesson.  Furthermore, I went around campus to meet with teachers in person, to discuss the project and ask them if they would be willing to have my classes make an educational pilgrimage to their rooms.  All five of the teachers that I asked, agreed to participate.  Lastly, I informed the SASA, security, and my EA’s about the project.

Today, I am composing a letter, which will briefly explain the project and ask for permission, to take pictures of their sons and daughters. On Monday, the 7th of November, the students will use Google Forms to create surveys for the purpose of gathering information about their pilgrimage tours.  All students have also been given three homework assignments.  The first of which is to create a pilgrimage badge of the medium/s of their choice, secondly, to work on a costume and last to develop a pilgrimage tour using Google Tour Builder.

On Wednesday, we will all go on an educational pilgrimage on campus. The pilgrimage tour will include stops at the Agriculture facility, the culinary lab, the choir room, AP English, We The People, and Speech and Debate classes.

When all students have completed the required components of the “Pilgrimage Project”, they will exchange pilgrimage badges, which will be used as proof of completing the project and a memento/keepsake of their experiences together.

The only thing that I consider a disappointment, is the fact that I was not able to create a pilgrimage that would take them to a nearby Catholic church.  I also experienced scheduling problems because of Election and Veterans Day, in addition to teachers having prep periods during the scheduled on-campus pilgrimage. The only unexpected finding was the fact that none of my students have used Google Tour Builder.

In spite of the aforementioned, we are all extremely excited about the potential that this Innovative and creative way to experience pilgrimage, has in store for us.

Improvement Science Project Resources  In addition to these resources, I have studied several Tours and blogs about the benefits of using Google Tour Builder.  Chris Wilson’s seventy-nine slide Tour Builder presentation about the Kahuku Green Initiative is resonating with me!  I am amazed at the transformational nature of this particular Google tool, in light of what it was originally designed for. I know that my students will see the same light and create a new way to experience different types of pilgrimage.

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*Please see Google slide deck for additional resources.

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