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Hi Member,
I love projects. There's something about being curious, about conceptualizing, about struggling to bring that vision to fruition that sends a jolt of adrenaline through me every time. In the classroom, projects help me learn about my students: their questions, their passions and how they learn. Some of you probably teach in project-based learning environments, while others of you may find ways to build them into your curriculums.
However they make it to your classrooms, it's good to remember that projects are another way of helping students not only immerse themselves in learning, but also apply those critical thinking and speaking and listening skills in authentic ways. Whether they're analyzing texts, conducting research, teaching others, or designing something completely new, our learners become innovators who exact Common Core skills when they do. 
This week's line-up highlights a few of the project-based videos I come back to again and again. I hope they help spark that "just right" idea for the learning experience your students need!
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel

P.S. We’re getting great feedback on the Common Core Challenge: 90% of teachers who have finished the Challenge tell us that watching the videos has improved their understanding of the Common Core. It’s not too late to join – get started now!

P.P.S. Don’t Forget: Daylight savings time ends this Sunday!
3 Videos on Capstone Projects 

Grades 6-8 | Science | Engineering (Resources)
Watch Ms. Manning “drive” students to show their learning in creative ways, and see how she embeds some great community building in the process.
Grades 9-12 | Math | Reasoning | CCSS (Resources)
I love this video because we get a glimpse of their capstone, and we are also reminded about the importance of working together to help students achieve successful final products.
Grades 9-12 | ELA | PBL | CCSS (Resources)
Here’s a peek at one of the projects I do in my classroom. Students take on research in some very authentic ways to create non-profit organizations that help others achieve their American dream.

November is National Novel Writing Month and you can help your students get involved. Blogger Lily Jones offers tips on how to help younger students get excited, see themselves as writers, and conquer the challenge of long-form writing.
Learn more.