I am helping our small rural high school to launch an innovative platform for PBL: a January Term! Our students will complete their first semester studies before Winter Break. When they return in January, their school will be transformed into a PBL learning center for three weeks. Each student will be enrolled in only ONE course for the three week period, culminating in a school wide celebration of learning with the town invited to see the work of our students.
Our hope is that January Term will provide extended learning time, small class sizes, and a flexible curriculum (still aligned to stnadards, of course).
We are very, very new to PBL in our district. What wisdom could you share with me in April 2011 that I will be thankful to know in January 2012??