Presentation on theme: "Project Based Learning: What we do How we do it Why we do it."— Presentation transcript:
Project Based Learning: What we do How we do it Why we do it
Project Based Learning Why teach this way? -Real world problems capture students' interest and provoke serious and critical thinking -Students learn to collaborate and share ideas -Depth vs. Breadth - students explore topics more fully and develop deeper understanding -Students learn to solve problems and make decisions independently -Students develop competence and confidence
Literature Projects Students create dioramas, game boards, posters, plays, models and more to share their understanding of literature.
Basegroup Buddies Older students pair with younger 'buddies' to serve as mentors, role models, project helpers, and field trip 'chaperones'.
Computers and Projects Every 4th and 5th grader is provided a laptop for school use.
Social Studies Projects Important events leading to the Revolutionary War
Reactions and Connections Revolutionary War Metaphor (aka the Great Halloween Party Hoax) Students =colonists PA = British Government Student Reactions - "Let's protest” or “boycott the Parent Association” (patriots, Boston Tea Partiers) - "Let's form a “Kid’s Association” so that our ideas could be heard (members of the First Continental Congress) - "Let's send Rose to go talk to them” (Ben Franklin goes overseas to negotiate with the British) - "Let's just follow the guidelines and just have a smaller party (loyalists), at which point one student said, “I’m not paying $3.00 for a party that only has carrot sticks and water!” (patriot expressing frustration for ‘taxation without representation’).
So, why isn't there more Project Based Learning? -More teacher preparation -Greater involvement with Students -Teacher as Facilitator vs. All-knowing Teacher -Grading a Project vs. Grading a Test -Managing Group Dynamics and Conflict -Teachers put students in control
Your Challenge as an Educator -What's your vision for teaching? -What will your first small steps be? -How will you teach?