Project-Based Learning. A Framework for Student Success!. ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS. What is Project-Based Learning? How is PBL different from traditional approaches to teaching and learning? Why is PBL appropriate for the intervention classroom? How are PBL units designed?
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A Framework for Student Success!
Developing questions about complex, intriguing, and sometimes mysterious experiences or phenomena seems to be a very natural occurrence. When people encounter strange happenings or difficult concepts and ideas, they naturally formulate questions such as, “What’s going on? Why is this happening? What does this mean? What will happen in the future?” If they decide to answer these questions, they embark on a journey of thought that may take a few minutes, hours, or years.
What is Project-Based Learning?
A systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks.
--Project Based Learning Online – Buck Institute
From Buck Institute Web site http://www.bie.org
In my life, what is success, and how do I get it?
Students will conduct extensive research and self-evaluation in defining
success and goal-setting and processes for the future.
“arena of life”
Identify and examine role models
setting and achieving
my goals for life
1.What is success?
2.What goals do I have for
this school year? High school? Life?
3.What will I need to do/
change to achieve my goals?
4.What skills do I need to develop?
Needed skills and abilities
What I know
What Can I Do
Students will create a report on the qualities or traits successful people have to be posted on school website
Student will create ppt to be shared with class that includes
1)def. of success; 2) role models; 3) goals; 4)plan of action
End With a BANG, Not a Whimper! The last day of a project should not be, “OK, turn in your papers and here’s the test. Our next unit begins Monday.”
When you begin developing ideas for projects, envision your students presenting their work to an involved audience.
The project should end with a sense of pride, excitement, and celebration.
PBL Starter Kit p. 30
Imagine life as problem-free. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!
Or, would it?
In any case, life does not come problem-free because that is the nature of life here on earth, full of challenging opportunities to learn, grow, reflect, and enjoy.
This may be the most obvious reason why project-based learning is important for us to consider – PBL engages students in life as we know it, full of fascinating, problematic situations worth thinking about, investigating, and resolving.
--from Problem-Based Learning by John Barell (2007)
Beer, Donald R., Marcia Invernizzi, Shane Templeton, Francine Johnston. Words Their Way. Prentice Hall: 2008.
Buck Institute for Education. Project-Based Learning for the 21st Century. http://www.bie.org/
--PBL Starter Kit. BIE 2009.
Barell, John. Problem-Based Learning: An Inquiry Approach. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks 2007.