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PBL Getting started

Jerry Schiffman Long Time Principal

After teaching how to learn using PBL and knowing what is in your curriculum, choose an upcoming event that will be in the news. For example: the Olympic Games, Great for geography. sports, writing etc. Upcoming election, Great for math with poling and predicting along with Civics. Solve a problem like overweight kids. Do a cerial PBL to determine which products are the healthiest. Put the books away for three weeks and use your local newspaper instead, every section of the pa[er is a great place to learn. Create your own newspaper. Use your imagination and let the kids use theirs.
These are just a start.

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Thank you Jerry Schiffman:

for your recent posts here at PBL. I am inspired by your comments and suggestions, because they are very effective and direct:
simple to-understand and simple to-implement in classrooms.
Your longtime experience as a pro-active "Leader-in-Learning" =
Principal = CEO of a Public School, shines through clearly...

In appreciation, to follow-up on your suggestions, I offer this link to a current exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art by Fred Tomaselli, who has a long career as a muralist/collagist/painter from Southern California to his residence, studo, and gallery now in Brooklyn, New York.

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/fred_tomaselli/index.php

The Museum website has an excellent video (about 6 minutes) of the artist demonstrating and explaining his collage techniques based on magazine cutout pictures, small discarded pills-as-objects and shapes (*note: see next paragraph) ... as well as his experience manufacturing surfboards in his younger years in Southern California :-) where he used "resins" to coat, protect, and waterproof the surfboards, he now uses the resins to coat and protect the art collage surfaces he creates...

I would suggest to teachers that his large-scale collage canvases can as well be done as Project-Based Learning arts-creations as student group projects, using paper cutout images from magazines etc. and easily available food-forms, such as:
grain seeds, flower seeds, fruit seeds, herb seeds and various beans/legumes, and all sorts of cool pasta shapes: rotini=spirals, ditalini=little thimbles, ziti=curved tubes, fusilli=spiral twisted spaghetti, bowties and butterflies, tiny sea shells, and even small wheels with spokes,
and I forgot star anise seed pods...
and all sorts of cereal shapes: famously "cheerios" "chex",
"pops"/spheres, etc.
and beads (handmade by students with paper-rolling thin strips or commercially-available ones as well...)

*Note: All of which can REPLACE the 'discarded pills' the Artist uses in his adult-oriented art pieces...

These all can be glued on wood panel, masonite board, fiberboard, corrugated cardboard, foamcore, etc.

The website has just a few of his collages to view (but you can Google search his name for more examples from galleries etc.) I higly recommend the third and last of the 3 images from the Museum page: titled "Expulsion" (from the Garden of Eden), because you can see how labor-intensive, yet simply-procedured, the gluing-project is...

And you can easily adapt this compositional format (or others...)
to whatever theme you wish, that is timely or appropriate, such as: Sunshine, Moonlight, Earth/Nature, Landscape, Holidays, Occasions, Activities, etc.

So that it could be a nice simple yet extended PBL activity for students to participate in and cooperate in, creating/producing a
wonder-full large-scale mural-size Work-of-Art, suitable for a School Hallway Display... to share and be proud of...

Happy Holidays... and see if this could be a fun 'jump-start' for your classroom for the New Year...

(I have not mentioned the sophisticated High School Geometry applications and relevance that this art project can incorporate, because that could be a completely separate extensive posting...
to be continued... :-)

Sincerely,

Allen Berg

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