Thursday, July 21, 2011

Project Based Learning Planning

1. Project Based learning:
• It is curriculum-fueled and standards-based.
• It asks a question or poses a problem all students can answer.
• It lets students investigate real-world issues.
• It fosters abstract, intellectual tasks that explore complex issues. 2. How does it work?
a. Pose an essential question. Is the topic relevant? Is it connected to the real world? This is where you begin your in-depth investigation.
b. Establish a plan. Which content standards will be addressed? Teachers and students brainstorm activities that support the inquiry. Involve students in the planning and project-building process.
c. Create a schedule. Design a timeline for project components. What will your benchmarks be? Keep it simple and age-appropriate.
d. Monitor student progress and work. Be a good facilitator and keep things moving. Have students refer to their rubric to keep them on task.
e. Assess the project. How will you assess the project? Use rubrics that address content, process, and timeline.
f. Evaluate and reflect on your success. Have individuals and groups present their report. Reflect on what went well and what could be improved. Share ideas that will lead to new projects.

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