10 Student Guidelines for Creating Awesome Projects

Student-created stained glass artwork project after reading The Alchemist

A stained-glass depiction of a scene from The Alchemist. The student who created this “always wanted to create a stained-glass” and worked with her dad to learn how.

1. You get what you put into this. If your goal is an A, you’ll completely miss the point.

2. If your goal is to be creative and really push yourself, you’ll probably have an awesome project that will obviously get an A.

3. If you don’t mess up, fail, or get frustrated at least 5 times, you’re not trying hard enough. Keep going.

4. If you try to find a “safe” project, it won’t be that great. If you attempt a “risky” project, it could potentially be great. Take the risk.

5. The second you begin to think of grand ideas and then start saying, “Yeah, but…”– keep going. You’re heading in the right direction.

6. This could be the coolest thing you’ve ever done or you could look for the easy way out. It’s your call. That’s how life works. If you want to be average and always wonder “What if” then go the easy way. If you want to be extraordinary, you could do that as well. Average people look for the easy way; awesome people try to make everything the coolest thing they’ve ever done. That’s life.

7. Many of your classmates will hold back and not take the extra step. Their projects will be OK, but they’ll be lacking something– you’ll know it and (more importantly) they’ll know it, too. Don’t be like them. Stand out. Take a risk.

8. If most of your friends think your project sounds great, it probably isn’t. If most of your friends think your project sounds too crazy or too difficult or too far out there, it’s probably an awesome idea! Do the latter.

9. Have fun.

10. Don’t focus on the grade. Focus on being awesome. The grade will be a bi-product.

7 thoughts on “10 Student Guidelines for Creating Awesome Projects

  1. This is very inspirational Jordan! I plan to show them to my students before each “project” as a reminder on how they have the power to choose to be great and that failure is just part of the learning process. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. Great points raised, I am going to bring them up today in my classes. I do a lot of projects and the only going for the A mentality results in lame projects. One more you might add is Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson’s quote about his outlook on the possibility of winning the Superbowl, “Why not us?” Could apply to a great project too. \

    Todd

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