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When Marc Pelech comes across an idea for a real-life graphic arts project, he tests it for suitability:
- He talks to the students about it: "I'll describe it to them and see how they respond. What I want to know is whether this is something they will get passionate about."
- He considers what opportunities there are to build partnerships with community groups.
- He considers whether the project could be newsworthy. "The students should be acknowledged. They won't want to spend a lot of time on something that just goes into a drawer after it's finished."
- He explores the potential for cost recovery or for generating some profit that the school could use to fund a student scholarship.
A good project will have strengths in all areas.
Pelech also considers what he calls "the intangibles." "A good question is, have we—meaning my students and I—ever done anything like this before? If the answer is 'no,' that is very good because you want to break new ground."
It's a useful approach that teachers could apply to any project they are considering, Pelech says, because it prompts you to think beyond the logistics for getting a project done to the benefits that it might bring.