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It Matters! Three Ideas to Move from Projects to PBL

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The slides for my FSTE Webinar in December of 2014 on moving from projects to project-based learning.

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It Matters! Three Ideas to Move from Projects to PBL

  1. 1. It Matters! Three Ideas to Move from Projects to PBL Melinda Kolk, Tech4Learning @melindak
  2. 2. What is PBL? In a project-based approach to teaching and learning, students work to apply what they know to solve a real world problem. In the process, they gain deeper understanding, as well as building thinking, communication, and 21st century skills.
  3. 3. Why Do Project/PBL Work? Provide children with the opportunity to apply skills Address children's proficiencies Stress intrinsic motivation Encourage children to determine what to work on and accepts them as experts about their needs Lilian Katz - The Project Approach. ERIC Digest 1994 Dr. Sylvia Chard - http://www.projectapproach.org/
  4. 4. Instruction to construction Teaching and Learning Continuum Instruction Construction Not a theory of teaching, but a belief in how learning happens. - Alfie Kohn
  5. 5. Instruction to Construction Classroom Activities Teacher Role Student Role Instruction to ---> Teacher-centered Didactic Fact teller Always expert Listener Always Learner Construction Student-centered Interactive Collaborator Sometimes Learner Collaborator Sometime Expert Instructional Emphasis Facts Relationships Memorization Inquiry and Invention Accumulation of Facts Transformation Concept of Knowledge of Facts Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow: What We've Learned, David Dwyer, ASCD
  6. 6. Why PBL and not projects? Teaching and Learning Continuum Direct Instruction PBL Projects "The State Report"
  7. 7. So you want to do PBL "It Matters" how you do it! • Ideas that matter • Work that matters • Effort that matters
  8. 8. Ideas that matter Student work in PBL should be educationally meaningful. • Big ideas (interdisciplinary) • Essential questions (complex) • Higher-order thinking cover vs. uncover
  9. 9. Work that matters Student work is authentic. 1. work is something done by someone outside of the classroom. 2. work is done for someone outside of the classroom. 3. work has value to those outside of the classroom. Products Problems Audience Value
  10. 10. Effort that matters It is important to make the project process meaningful. • Learner choice • Learner control (self-direction) • Learning together (collaboration) It's the process, not the product!
  11. 11. Let's explore some projects Ideas that matter • Why are students doing this? Work that matters • Who does this? • Who cares? Effort that matters • Who am I working with? • How is this mine?
  12. 12. Let's explore some projects Ideas that matter • Why are students doing this? Work that matters • Who does this? • Who cares? Effort that matters • Who am I working with? • How is this mine?
  13. 13. Let's Explore some projects Ideas that matter • Why are students doing this? Work that matters • Who does this? • Who cares? Effort that matters • Who am I working with? • How is this mine? Watch on YouTube
  14. 14. So you want to do PBL "It Matters" how you do it! • Ideas that matter • Work that matters • Effort that matters

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