In mid-December, 33 tenth grade students, three teachers, assorted parents, and four guest judges gathered to watch the first ever Constitutional Amendments Film Festival at our school. The film festival was the largest and most complex research-based project of the three we’d done since school began this year. My colleagues and I had committed our students to two and one-half weeks of research, film creation, and film editing.
For generations, we have almost completely bypassed the development of true problem solving skills in our curricula, avoiding the hard questions “at the very end of the textbook chapter.” Instructional technology director Tim Holt makes the case that Problem-Based (not project-based) Learning can go a long way to address the deficit.
This course is the 2nd part of our fantastic three-part series on Project-Based Learningâ€”but if you missed part one, don’t worry, this is still the class for you. In this Q&A video Sheryl tells us all about Project-Based Learning Immersion: Designing Quality Projects: what’s involved, how to get started, and what it has to do with Nemo the fish. Watch the video, check out the PBL info page, and sign up quick! This course begins January 14th 2013, so save yourself a spot in the front row and get ready to dive into passion based learning.
“Iâ€™ve been reading about Project Based Learning for some time now,” writes international teacher-blogger Jenny Luca, “and struggled trying to find a way to integrate this kind of pedagogy into my regular English classroom practice.” This year Jenny and her teacher teammates included a 3-week PBL experience in their unit on Romeo and Juliet. “This has been one of the most rewarding activities Iâ€™ve been involved in this year. Iâ€™m invested in it and I can feel that passion for what I do apparent when Iâ€™m interacting with the students.”