Project: Philippine Deforestation - Dumaguete City

Teacher: Gerwin Dales
School: Little Children of the Philippines (NGO)
Location: Dumaguete City, Philippines
Start Date: 02/09/2012
End Date: 07/31/2012
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

January 30th Update: This is the first time youth from Little Children of the Philippines (an NGO in Dumaguete City) will participate in extensive research into the problem of deforestation and make a difference through tree planting and other tasks. We are are looking for mentors who can speak the language and help students research a topic, put form around an idea, make a difference through a tangible community project, share their work with an authentic audience, and celebrate at the end of the project. If you can commit to posting a minimum of two messages per week and submitting a project survey, we want you!

Description:

The theme is "Sharing Our Planet". Youth will be divided into groups of 3 or 4. It is an independent project, with guidance from their supervisor and telementors. Small groups will focus on different facets of deforestation. They will benefit from guidance with regard to: 1) Developing a central idea 2) Planning for, and following through in, researching their central idea 3) Developing, and following through on, a plan of action. 4) Creating a brief presentation and activity for sharing their learning with younger youth at an "Sharing Our Planet Camp" in April.

Benchmarks:

The effective use of cognitive processes to generate and link knowledge across the disciplines and in a variety of contexts. The process of identifying, locating, selecting, and using resource tools to help in analyzing, synthesizing, and communicating information. The identification and employment of appropriate tools, techniques, and technologies are essential to all learning processes.

Duration:

16

Grade Level:

10

Content Area:

Social Studies, Science

Student Outcomes:

Students will maintain a notebook including timeline, correspondence, research, and project plans. Students will create a tangible project with relation to their topic. Students will facilitate a "Sharing Our Planet Camp" for younger youth from rural areas of Negros Oriental, Philippines.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

Student will write a 300-word letter to mentor. The subject of the letter will be a self-evaluation of the project, including what the student did well, what he would like to have done to improve upon the project, and what the mentor contributed to the process.

Teacher Role:

Teacher's Role: Teacher will aid student in identifying research areas of interest. Teacher will help student shape research into hypotheses. Teacher will evaluate student products.

Mentor Role:

Mentor's Role Mentor will aid students in developing, and researching, questions related to current topics in local environmental issues. Mentors will assist in project plan development. Mentor will encourage student completion of project goals.