Project Based Learning

      1. Defines and explains what project-based learning is.

    Project-based learning is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of creating a problem. Students learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge.

  1. Research and summarize an example of a class that used project based learning from the internet.  Was this project successful? Would you find the project interesting?  Why? Why not?
    1. Project-based learning is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of creating a problem. Students learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge.
    2. In Social Studies 10, Mr. Schilt told us that we could do anything we desired related to the PLOs and we did so and this was successful because it was directed by us and was interesting and it worked out because it hit a lot of PLOs and we could do anything we want.
    3. Media Saves the Beach
    4. When California cut its budget for water quality testing, these San Diego high school students were charged with figuring out how to test the water quality on their own, then educate the public about ways they could protect and improve water quality in their daily lives. This project engaged student learning in two content areas: science knowledge was required to study the problem and develop solutions, and English language arts skills were needed to effectively communicate their ideas to the public.
    5. Schenk Courtyard ProjectStudents at Schenk Elementary School were asked to redesign an underutilized courtyard space on the school campus. They drafted, revised, and presented their ideas in formal presentations to their classmates. They then met with architects, who shared their own plans and took student suggestions. I thought the project could be made more rigorous with the addition of budgeting, having students research the material and labor costs for their ideas and determine what would fit within the school’s budget, but even without that, the level of student engagement is pretty fantastic.Hydroponics and World HungerIn this TeachThought podcast, 4th-grade teacher Nan Arant describes how her students worked to develop a solution to world hunger by studying alternative ways to grow plants; specifically, hydroponics and aquaponics. She also talks about how discovering PBL has changed the way she feels about teaching.
    6. What can we do as a class for PBL?
    7. We could do a project based on Planning PLOs or finances or something, and we could do any project related to it and make a video or do anything we desired related to the topic. I believe we should just simply give them one main topic and then let them be creative with whatever they want to do.
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