There was this crazy moment on OnEdMentors two weeks ago. It was an episode on Creativity and Community in the Face to Face and Virtual Class, and several panelists spoke about their students' experiences of the The Personal Playlist Project (P3 for the classroom). Since my TEDxKitchenerEdTalk last year, I have shared this project with even more teachers than I had ever fathomed. Hearing first hand from educators in both settings about the power of this project is an affirmation that deeply moves me. The reason I share the P3 so proudly is because of what it can do for learners to build skill, autonomy, community, and connection.
It’s not just something I espouse. I love the P3. Last week, my grade 8’s finished presenting their P3’s in my virtual classroom. The thing about The Personal Playlist Project is that it is not only where I got the idea for my podcast (The Personal Playlist Podcast) with educators. It is a powerful way to personalize learning, build community, and make class a whole lot more musical, which also makes it more fun for many.
As I was reading my student’s reflections on their P3’s, it was hard not to get choked up. I never tire of this project, and it’s not just because I love music. This BOB project is a high yielding task for students, and a shared experience for the class who listens to and learns from each presenter. Because the students present their work to everyone, not just their teacher unless as an accommodation the whole class experiences the insights and reflections of their classmates, with no more than 3 presenters on a given day. It sends students on a journey selfward, and each person has their time to shine. They do so well on this project, that they have experience and build schema around what success in school looks and feels like. In addition, they get to know themselves and their classmates better.
Here are some of my student's (unedited) reflections on their P3's that illustrate why it’s such a rich task:
The P3 was a community building activity because we all got to know a bit more about each other. I liked sitting and listening to all the music that was played because I liked knowing what kind of music some of my classmates are into...I like watching and listening to these kinds of projects because they're not the kind that you would fall asleep during. They were all fun and I enjoyed them. Caiah
Its a community building activity because it teaches us about each other, and it also gives us insight on the persons taste in music. It also helps strengthen the confidence of the class knowing that the people around you are starting to learn more about you and understand you. I liked presenting because I knew people would be learning about me, and I also have an excuse to try and combat my stage fright. I liked listening to the presentations because i learned about my classmates, and was also able to have a bit of a break at the same time. Liam
I think that the P3 is a community building activity because I can learn more about others identities and what motivates them by the songs the choose which makes us have a closer class and a more open class. What I liked most about our P3 was that everyone had their own touch to their presentation. For some it was the backgrounds they chose, for others it was the songs that were in different languages and for me I added a touch of creativity. This makes the presentations so much more personnel and fun to watch! Rameen
Rameen gave me permission to share her P3 video