86 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
The Day 9 Prototype required that teachers:
Decide upon an area of interest or passion.
Develop and refine a driving question, open enough to allow for
student choice and inquiry - but focused enough to ensure
understanding and connection.
Adapt their project to a multi-age group of learners, either grades
K to 2 or grades 3 to 5.
Think about a way for students to share, by the end of their day
together, an aspect of their Day 9 experience with the school-wide community.
Throw out their traditional schedule and to create a plan for one
day as an open-ended, inquiry-based project (Gallagher &
The first Day 9 prototype ran 31 learning projects such as: Math and Art,
Designs with People in Mind, Writing Nonfiction, Reading Fluency
through Theater, Music Movement & Maps, Rocket Science, Talent Show,
Nature in an Urban Environment, Expressing Yourself Through Poetry,
and Math Games for Higher Level Thinking, Reasoning, & Strategies
(Gallagher & Hoffman, 2013).
April 2, 2013
The April 2nd Day 9 offered 31 projects to cohorts of 6 to 12 students per
project. A majority of the projects were run by 2 instructors.
Approximately 14 teachers were out of school this day to attend a PD
conference. The Day 9 Planning Team gathered information from this first
prototype focused on improving the logistics and quality of the
instructional program for the second iteration of Day 9. Based on this
data, the recommendations were:
Ensure that technology requests were more accurate.
Streamline to ensure accurate student data could be collected
Strengthen professional development and deepen faculty
understanding of Project-Based Learning.
Increase and broaden student choice options for Day 9 projects.