Each student defines, plans, creates, presents, reviews, and evaluates a creative project where he or she expresses a personal perspective, belief, value, or story in a creative medium of his or her choice, then evaluates the impact of the work on self and others.
Impactful, creative self-expression projects engage students in developing a wide variety of skills, understandings, and mindsets. Successful self-expression learning projects often follow this process:
Students discuss creative works they have experienced that had a strong and lasting impact on them and what it was that made them such powerful and memorable personal expressions. They then develop a list of the characteristics of particularly impactful personal expressions.
Students reflect on the impact their self-expression projects had on others and themselves, how well they think the project process went, and what could be improved the next time they engage in a personal expression project.
Expressing personal perspectives through creative writing, the arts, design and making, and other creative outlets can develop a wide variety of valuable skills and mindsets that support deeper learning, such as critical and creative thinking and problem solving; communication skills in a variety of media; project-related skills such as defining, planning, carrying out, and performing designs; learning from mistakes; improvising; and evaluating the impact of one's work. It can also spur the development of self-confidence, self-direction, and self-esteem.
Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1, 3, and 4 and a “Yes” for Part 2.
(200-word limit for each response)
Please submit work examples from two students (such as links to writing, audio, images, video, and other media) that demonstrate progress toward the expressing personal perspectives competency, including items such as evidence of discussions on what makes for compelling personal expressions, samples of student-developed personal themes, designs and plans from students’ project notebooks, examples of student research and skills practice in their medium of expression, images or audio/video excerpts of actual performances or explanations of their project artifacts, reflections on what was learned from the personal expression project experience, or other relevant items.
For the two students whose work examples were included above, submit student-created reflections on their experience of the expressing personal perspectives project activities. Use the following questions as a guide (200-word limit for each reflection):
Provide a reflection on what you learned, using the following questions as a guide (200-word limit):
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