Project-Based Learning Learning In Action!
Project-Based Learning (PBL) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgrhlV__pL4
What is Project-Based Learning? • PBL is curriculum fueled and standards based. • PBL asks a question or poses a problem that ALL students can answer. Concrete, hands-on experiences come together during project-based learning. • PBL allows students to investigate issues and topics in real-world problems. • PBL is a project that will consists of ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies parts.
7 Essentials • Need to know- Entry event • Driving question- open ended, result in various of answers • Student voice and choice- teachers need to give a rubric but students decide how they are going to demonstrate their learning • 21st century skills- students will be working in groups, using technology, and presenting their projects to an audience. • Inquiry and Innovation- let students think on their own, let them explore the driving question so they find meaning in what they are doing. • Feedback and Revisions- share rubrics with students, give time for groups to work with each other, and set up checkpoints so students can stay focused and organized • A Publicly Presented Product- groups should present their project to audience members, students should feel proud to present their findings
Question What is a good driving question? - Engaging for students - Open-ended - Aligned with learning goals Introduce this question in an exciting way to grab the student’s attention!
Examples of a Driving Question • Does it matter what food we eat? Or How can we create a campaign to convince kids to eat healthier foods? • How can we, as NASA scientists, write a proposal that recommends which planet should be explored by the next space probe? • How do we as architects design an outdoor classroom for our school? • How do we create a new gambling game to cheat people out of their money without them noticing?
Plan • Plan which content standards will be addressed while answering the driving question throughout the core subjects. • PBL is intended to teach significant content not necessarily from the beginning, but as they are working on the project.
Schedule • Teachers need to design a timeline for the project components. • Teachers need to give students checkpoints through out the 6 weeks. • 1st PBL is due September 25th. ( Sep. 27th is the last day of the 6 weeks) • Every 6 weeks there will be a new PBL during 1st semester.
Monitor • Facilitate the process (Atleast 2 checkpoints) . • Mentor the process. • Provide rubrics and instruction for what they should be doing for each content • Give opportunities to take the students to the labs ( 3 open periods a day) and open computer lab by the library ( after the new wing is open)
Assessing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp0IuBiv8QA • Give students opportunities to use technology. • Encourage groups to use technology to present their PBL ( powerpoints, glogster, prezi, windows movie makers, and etc) • Know authentic assessment will require more time and effort from the teacher.
Evaluate • Take time to reflect, individually and as a group. • Groups come with one complete project that has components of each core subject.
EXAMPLE- My Restaurant Project • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GvvFdNWvSRI
What do teachers need to do? • As a grade level, come up with an essential question that supports the SEs for each core subject. • Create a parent letter which explains what the project is about with checkpoints and due dates. • Create rubrics so students have clear expectations.
Word Documents on Sample letters On dropbox