PBL in the English classroom

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This is the slideshow for a presentation to Riverside Girls HS teachers interested in introducing PBL into their teaching practice. I have mostly included examples of the projects my classes have participated in.

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PBL in the English classroom

  1. 1. PBL in the English Classroom<br />
  2. 2. HSC IS A BLUNT INSTRUMENT … AND WE’RE ALL BEING HACKED TO DEATH BY IT ONE MINDLESS, PRE-PREPARED ESSAY AT A TIME!!<br />
  3. 3. What does PBL look like in the English classroom?<br />
  4. 4. Year 10 <br />Poetry: <br />Can Cyborgs Write Poetry?<br />Product: <br />Own poem conveying response to DQ. Poem Video<br />Presentation:<br />Open-night video display<br />
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  6. 6. Year 10<br />Novel:<br />'Can stories help young people in the 21st century develop resilience?’<br />Product:<br />Anthology of short stories published as an eBook.<br />Presentation:<br />Book launch for parents and invited guests. <br />
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  8. 8. Year 10<br />Shakespeare – Macbeth:<br />‘What makes an individual powerful?’<br />Product:<br />Entry into a promotional poster design competition.<br />Presentation:<br />Entries displayed in school library.<br />
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  11. 11. Year 10<br />Area of Study<br />DQ: How can we make a film for an online community to change people's view on individuals and authority?<br />Product: short film <br />Presentation: films shown in class & put on YouTube<br />
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  14. 14. Year 11: Extension<br />Appropriations of Texts<br />DQ: IS LITERATURE (RE)SHAPED BY OR FOR THE WORLD?<br />Product: Website and appropriation<br />Presentation: To class and online community<br />
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  17. 17. What does a PBL classroom look like?<br />
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  23. 23. WHAT ARE THE KEY ELEMENTS?<br />
  24. 24. DRIVING QUESTION<br />
  25. 25. REAL-WORLD PROBLEM<br />
  26. 26. ASSESSMENT = FORMATIVE & SUMMATIVE<br />
  27. 27. ASSESSMENT:BEGINNINGMIDDLEEND<br />
  28. 28. INVESTIGATIONS<br />
  29. 29. PRODUCTS<br />
  30. 30. 21st CENTURY SKILLS(Habits of Mind)<br />
  31. 31. PLANNING<br />
  32. 32. REFLECTION(goals, medals, missions)<br />
  33. 33. REAL-WORLD AUDIENCE<br />
  34. 34. PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF LEARNING<br />
  35. 35. What tools do I need?<br />
  36. 36. TOOLS<br />PLANNING, RUNNING, REFLECTION PROFORMA<br />rubistar<br />edmodo<br />netbooks/ipods/iphones/laptops/computers<br />google docs<br />PBL online scaffolds<br />Video cameras and video editing software<br />internet<br />ClassDojo<br />http://edu.memiary.com/<br />
  37. 37. What skills do I need?<br />
  38. 38. SKILLS<br />persistence<br />patience<br />creativity<br />good rapport with your students<br />resilience<br />learn to manage team work<br />leadership<br />
  39. 39. What problems will I encounter?<br />
  40. 40. PROBLEMS<br />resistance from students (esp. top students)<br />frustration of students<br />frustration with systems (assessment schedule, external examinations)<br />lack of team-work skills from students<br />lack of research skills in students<br />passive learners<br />parents: is my child learning?<br />
  41. 41. Where do I go for resources?<br />
  42. 42. RESOURCES<br />EDUTOPIA:<br />http://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning<br />BUCK INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION:<br />http://www.bie.org/<br />PBL ONLINE:<br />http://pbl-online.org/<br />
  43. 43. Where do I go for support, help, inspiration? <br />
  44. 44. HELP<br />edmodo: <br />http://davidson.edmodo.com/biancahewes<br />twitter:<br />@biancah80<br />blog:<br />www.biancahewes.wordpress.com<br />

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