The thing I enjoy most about pitch day isn't just listening to some of the...interesting...ideas that students come up with, but it's great to see our roles reversed for a change. Typically, a teacher is always the one pitching to the students. They write a project, explain the rules, and then try to get the students excited about doing it. While students always complete the work, there can be a good deal of salesmanship trying to get them interested in the first place. In this project, however, I put the burden on them. I pretend as though I'm eager to shoot their ideas down (false) and make them the ones that have to be excited about it. They get to show me just why their project idea will be amazing and all I have to do is agree. It's really the way it should be; I've already taken 12th grade and completed high school projects. It's the students who need to be excited.
So congratulations Class of 2016, you've made it through the Pitch process! There's still a long way to go until the project is complete, but you're well on the way at this point.