Diving Into Project-based Learning: Reflections

Now that the project is over, I admit diving into project-based learning was beneficial. The students and I learned a lot, and I don’t think I would have taken away as much had I chosen to simply dip my foot in the pool. Not long after we completed our project, my principal asked if it … Continue reading Diving Into Project-based Learning: Reflections

Diving Into Project-based Learning: Going Public

One thing that interested me most about project-based learning is the idea of student’s sharing their work with an authentic audience. Most of the work my students have completed through the years has only been seen by me. In fact, the only reason they bothered to complete it was because I was going to give … Continue reading Diving Into Project-based Learning: Going Public

Diving Into Project-based Learning: Feedback Friends

As a teacher, I found project-based learning incredibly chaotic and difficult to manage. I had four classes each investigating a different topic. In each class I had 7-9 different projects in development, and each project was unique. I wanted to help my students–finding resources, asking questions, suggesting options, but as soon as I focused on any … Continue reading Diving Into Project-based Learning: Feedback Friends

Diving Into Project-based Learning: Our Innovation

As the boys began learning more about the injustice issues they had selected and researched for our project-based learning, they began thinking more specifically about what they might do to make a difference. As the started problem solving, they truly began innovating. They started coming up with unique ideas for how they would address the … Continue reading Diving Into Project-based Learning: Our Innovation

Diving Into Project-based Learning: Our Inquiry

As we sprang into our project-based learning, the students and I began our inquiry looking for answers to our “need to knows.” I wanted to keep up with what they were discovering, and I wanted them to evaluate and share their resources with each other as they went along. I decided to use the teacher … Continue reading Diving Into Project-based Learning: Our Inquiry

Diving Into Project-based Learning: Our Need to Know

Once the students had selected a topic from our over-arching theme of civil/human rights, and I had a rubric, it was time for the real work to begin. We started our project-based learning by making a list on the board of things we know about the topic followed by a list of things we “need … Continue reading Diving Into Project-based Learning: Our Need to Know

Diving Into Project-based Learning: Designing the Rubric

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of project-based learning for me was figuring out how I was going to assess it. I’m sure some teachers love assessing and marking student work, but honestly, I’m uncomfortable with most grading and scoring. I appreciate feedback and I  don’t mind giving feedback, but I hate reducing it to a … Continue reading Diving Into Project-based Learning: Designing the Rubric

Diving Into Project-based Learning: Brainstorms

I wrote the question on the board. How do we take what we’ve learned from our readings, discussions, and class activities related to human and civil rights and make a difference in the world? I knew where I wanted the question to lead but decided I was more committed to giving my students a voice than … Continue reading Diving Into Project-based Learning: Brainstorms

Diving Into Project-based Learning: Sui Generis Genesis

My initial plans to dive into project-based learning this year stemmed from my experience during the Master Class with John Hunter last summer. On the last day of the class after we’d observed as John facilitated the World Peace Game all week, John and Jamie introduced the master class to the idea of sui generis, a Latin … Continue reading Diving Into Project-based Learning: Sui Generis Genesis

Diving Into Project-Based Learning: Research and Resources

My plunge into project-based learning (PBL) started with a slow climb up the high-dive ladder. How was project-based learning different from the projects my students have always completed in my classes? My students have performed plays, created book trailers, built models, engaged in all types of creative responses to literature. How was project-based learning radically … Continue reading Diving Into Project-Based Learning: Research and Resources