Since this video blog was made, I have altered a few things. Keep in mind, I'm a new teacher, so what might seem obvious to some, wasn't to me. After this project, where students were mapping their ancestry, I sent emails home to parents and made a few phone calls. Part of the problem was motivation and since I have asked for help from parents, things have been much better.
The other change I made was I reevaluated my project and realized that there was no presentation at the end. I'm not sure what I was thinking, but having the students present their material, even to the class, gets such a better product than not presenting at all. Many students are first motivated by not looking bad in front of their peers, then their parents, then they are motivated by grades.
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