- Give your students a template from which to work, and have them fill it with their own concepts, ideas, and themes.
- Point students to a final destination and allow them to get there in their own ways. Support them when they run into unforeseen obstacles!
- When students are selecting their topics, direct them to projects they are excited about, but are within the scope of their abilities.
- Reference topics that are meaningful to your students.
- Incorporate low-stakes competition into your lessons. No one needs to feel terrible that they are in last, but everyone should want to get first.
- Be excited (!!!!!) about your topic.
- Do a “high stakes” project – These are project published in some sort of public forum, either outside the classroom or outside the school as a whole.
- Use snappy-hip-cool media like this.
- Keep groups small: 4 students per group maximum. This makes sure EVERYONE is participating.
- Add Bacon*.
*kind of a cop-out, but also not.