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  • 1. Project Based Learning Susan Gaer, Santa Domingo Dominican Republic, 2009 susangaer@gmail.com
  • 2. What is Project Based Learning Project Based learning, is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small collaborative groups. http://www.edutopia.org/project-learning
  • 3. Why use Project Based Learning? • It is active and engaging • It inspires students to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. • Research also indicates that students are more likely to retain the knowledge gained through this approach far more readily than through traditional textbook-centered learning. • In addition, students develop confidence and self- direction as they move through both team-based and independent work
  • 4. Folktale Project • Population-southeast Asian refugees – Strong oral traditions – Minimal reading and writing • Collaboration – District librarian – Eighth grade language arts class • Curriculum integration – Objectives that match the curriculum
  • 5. Cookbook Project • Literacy/Beginning Level Southeast Asian Refugees and Latino immigrants • Language Objectives: Giving step by step directions
  • 6. The Process Visalia Adult School Green Acres Middle  Learn American School Folktales  Learn about culture  Learn various ways  Develop illustration of telling folktales skills  Develop  Listen critically and storyboards to tell take notes their folktale  Write the folktales  Tell the folktale to in publishable the middle school format students
  • 7. The Newspaper Project • Population-Mostly Latino students at the intermediate levels of language development. • Elective Class that students chose to take • Urban Setting –Large School • Students choose this project the first semester the class ran.
  • 8. The Process The Teacher’s Role The Students’ Role  Help students  Develop an Editorial organize Committee  Help students  Write surveys and develop survey memos soliciting  Develop writing articles skills  Write key articles  Develop an  Layout and publish understanding of hard copy copyright issues
  • 9. International Home Remedies Developed by teachers to train other teachers Model remedies from training placed on web Advertise on webpage for other classes that have interest Convenient form developed for easy additions Additions continually archived
  • 10. Photo Project 1) Students created a list of verbs using beginning level textbooks. 2) Students learned how to use a camera 3) Students took pictures of verbs 4) Pictures were critiqued. 5) Students practiced verb forms 6) Students wrote sentences 7) Students made quizzes and activities (http://www.quia.com) --online quizzes Powerpoint and Word for print activities
  • 11. Class Demographics • Intermediate-Advanced level language students • Independent study class • Hundreds of student cycling through 1 hour class for only 8 sessions.
  • 12. Crucial Elements Develop a Model The Project must be geared to the population Students must see value in the project Timelines need to have flexibility
  • 13. Benefits • Students are engaged in a meaningful project that develops authentic language • Motivating • Develop a sense of community in the classroom • Student Centered Classroom • High Self Esteem Levels http://www.susangaer.com
  • 14. What Questions do you have?