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  • Project-based learning is truly learning in action. It engages students so that they are no longer passive receptacles of information, but active pursuers of knowledge.
  • Project Based Learning

    1. 1. Project-Based Learning Learning In Action! Copyright © 2003 The George Lucas Educational Foundation
    2. 2. <ul><li>“ The biggest obstacle </li></ul><ul><li>to school change </li></ul><ul><li>is our memories.” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Dr. Allen Glenn </li></ul>Obstacles
    3. 3. <ul><li>Creating schools for the 21st Century requires less time looking in the rearview mirror and more vision anticipating the road ahead. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching has been an activity undertaken behind closed doors between moderately consenting participants. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology enables students, teachers, and administrators to reach out beyond the school building. </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative classrooms are not defined by fixed places but by their spirit of curiosity and collaboration among students, teachers, and others in a true learning community. </li></ul>Excerpts from Edutopia
    4. 4. Change <ul><li>“ We must be </li></ul><ul><li>the change </li></ul><ul><li>we want to see </li></ul><ul><li>in the world.” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Mahatma Gandhi </li></ul>
    5. 5. Project-Based Learning (PBL)
    6. 6. What is Project-Based Learning? <ul><li>PBL is curriculum fueled and standards based. </li></ul><ul><li>PBL asks a question or poses a problem that ALL students can answer. Concrete, hands-on experiences come together during project-based learning. </li></ul><ul><li>PBL allows students to investigate issues and topics in real-world problems. </li></ul><ul><li>PBL fosters abstract, intellectual tasks to explore complex issues. </li></ul>
    7. 7. How Does Project-Based Learning Work? <ul><li>Question </li></ul><ul><li>Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor </li></ul><ul><li>Assess </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate </li></ul>
    8. 8. Question <ul><li>Start with the Essential question. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a real-world topic and begin an in-depth investigation. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure it is relevant for your students. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Plan <ul><li>Plan which content standards will be addressed while answering the question. </li></ul><ul><li>Involve students in the questioning, planning, and project-building process. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher and students brainstorm activities that support the inquiry. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Schedule <ul><li>Teacher and students design a timeline for project components. </li></ul><ul><li>Set benchmarks. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple and age-appropriate. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Monitor <ul><li>Facilitate the process. </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor the process . </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize rubrics. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Assess <ul><li>Make the assessment authentic. </li></ul><ul><li>Know authentic assessment will require more time and effort from the teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Vary the type of assessment used. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Evaluate <ul><li>Take time to reflect, individually and as a group. </li></ul><ul><li>Share feelings and experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss what worked well. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss what needs change. </li></ul><ul><li>Share ideas that will lead to new inquiries, thus new projects. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Let’s Begin Think BIG! The Question is the Answer! What is the Question?
    15. 15. <ul><li>Read “More Fun Than a Barrel of ... Worms?!” </li></ul><ul><li>Read “Geometry in the Real World: Students as Architects” </li></ul><ul><li>Read “March of the Monarchs” </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss which of the projects you just read about ‘grabbed’ your attention. Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What ideas do you have for a project? What question will you ask your students? </li></ul>Activities
    16. 16. <ul><li>Record your ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Record questions that will launch project-based learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose one of your questions. Brainstorm with your colleagues. Create a concept map. </li></ul><ul><li>What content standards will be addressed? What subjects can be woven into the process? </li></ul>Activities
    17. 17. References <ul><li>Edutopia : Success Stories for Learning in the Digital Age The George Lucas Educational Foundation Jossey-Bass, Copyright © 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>The George Lucas Educational Foundation Web site www.edutopia.org </li></ul><ul><li>Why We Assess Students - And How McLean, James E. and Lockwood, Robert E. Corwin Press, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning By Heart Barth, Roland S. Jossey-Bass, Copyright © 2001 </li></ul>

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