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PBL Camp Collaborators Wanted: Grade 9-12 (Week 2)

PBL Camp Collaborators Wanted: Grade 9-12 (Week 2)

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Please share your name and grade level and some info about the project you'd like to do. If you know your driving question, you can include that. If not, it's OK. You can collaborate with your team to develop that.

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Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation

I am a university business prof with 24 yrs experience building business in France and now back in the USA in academia. I am an expert user of PBL (entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship projects with cross campus and town-gown partners). If any of your projects are interested in building a collaboration link to higher ed and the business community, I would love to join you and add my experience to your project. The k-12 environment is so rich with applications and hands-on experience with new learning. We, at the university level, need your knowledge of what works with today's student. In the past, I have built projects between engineering and business schools and projects between USA and France-based classes. I teach in virtual space at the university and corporate level as well. Looking forward to developing together with anyone at middle/high school level.

To collaborate, please contact Christine Cope Pence directly.

Mike Reilly's picture

I teach Web, Game Programming, etc. I've always had a hard time with Language Arts, so I am opening a PBL 3-hour block this Fall, with 2 hours of technology (from Web to Photoshop to 3D modeling) and 1 hour of Language Arts. It will be flexible for the students to use the 3 hours of time as they wish. Also, the Language Arts is a priority. Here's our instructional calendar: http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/LanguageartsHS.nsf/pages/InstructionalCale...

So, my ideal scenario is to work with a high school language arts teacher during this camp, to help me see how I could do it better. I am fearful of one of the "pitfalls" that Suzie and Jane have in their book, to do the same thing with a layer of technology, and call it different.

My personal leaning on the Gulf situation: I see it more inspirational to look at our local natural resource challenges, threats and opportunities. In Georgia we had a drought and water wars, still unresolved. What would happen without water? Are students capable of building a plan? Too complex?

I can work with the Gulf topic directly though, it's the Language Arts standards that I have the most concern about.

Jason's picture
9-12 At-Risk Social Studies Teacher

I teach 9-12 Social Studies and Math in an At-Risk school. I would like to do a project that gets students thinking and learning about the environmental and political ramifications of the oil spill. I would also like students to understand the complexity of the situation for both the governments and the individuals involved.
I feel that a web quest and/or a game could be very powerful in getting students motivated and excited to learn about the topic.

A Google sites page could be constructed to do both those objectives.
Or it could be a mix of web and paper. I open to all ideas.

Jason's picture
9-12 At-Risk Social Studies Teacher

[quote]I teach high school special education. I would like to develop an engaging project that helps the students develop reading, writing, and research skills. I want them to realize the importance and applicability of being literate in order to increase their motivation to attend to the more mundane aspects of learning to read. The project could also connect to local businesses such as Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, and to University of Alaska experts. In our state and community, we have many experts who enjoy the chance to work with school-age students.[/quote]

I really like your focus on literacy. I'd sure like to help if you have space on your team.


Brandy Lovelady Mitchell's picture

Potential Driving Questions: Which professionals will be needed to help resolve this situation? And how do you know?

Intent: RESEARCH the situation, IDENTIFY the needs, RESEARCH careers based on the needs, CREATE a list of careers that engage in the work needed and DEFEND conclusions. {Other areas of concern: writing, increase option awareness (careers), make connections between core academic areas and real-world situations, enhance communication skills/public speaking skills.}

Jennifer Duann's picture
Jennifer Duann
10th grade biology teacher in Lima, OH

Driving Question: What is the role (and responsibility) of humans in the living world?

I'm still wrestling with whether to address this question before or after content instruction. Given the immediacy of the spill as a current event, I'm thinking bringing it up at the beginning of the semester and letting it open other questions about how the living world works, then revisiting the question at the end of the semester to see if students' ideas have changed.

Might do some sort of concept mapping to show connections and then explore each of the concepts throughout the semester. Does that count as a project?

My original project idea was to use James Cameron's "Avatar" as the framework for the entire biology curriculum. If anyone is interested in discussing that, shoot me a private message and we can chat!

Telannia Norfar's picture
Telannia Norfar
High School Math Teacher

I am so excited about not only helping to facilitate this PBL camp but I also want to connect with teachers to do an interdisciplinary project. I am a high school math teacher that always want to show how math connects to everything. I am open to the focus of the PBL. My initial thoughts are some that have already been mentioned--environmental affects of the gulf, political obligations, our individual responsibility, comprehension of all of the information on this and other environmental problems and of course how math can help us understand the issues. I would really like to include higher ed, all grade levels and students from various states (connect via voicethreads and wikis).

Please connect with me and I will also reach out to you.

Ellen Feig's picture

I am a professor of English at a community college and am looking for a partner to work on a literacy project that focuses on the concept of suburbia - specifically how being a member of suburbia identifies one. Currently, I use a wide range of short stories to start the conversation but would like to broaden the project to include a global view, a historical view, a sociological view and a cultural view. Thoughts>

Ellen Feig's picture

I would be very interested in working with you on this project. Feel free to send me a comment and we can connect.

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