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Conditions that support project learning

Conditions that support project learning

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Some essential conditions need to be in place for pbl practices to really take hold and so kids can accomplish marvelous things. I've been doing some pbl program planning recently and I need your advice. We all know PBL works best when certain conditions are in place. What would you say those essential conditions are? I know teacher characteristics, intentions and methods are key, but outside the teachers and students, what else? I'm starting a list and I wonder if you might add to it. Additionally, sometimes the removal of barriers is important, too. Essential Conditions for PBL strong implementation * A school culture that tolerates, even encourages, the sometimes messy chaos of student-directed learning. * Access to any technologies that support the teaching and learning enterprise * A system of accountability that causes a teacher to demonstrate --and parents and administrators to understand-- that rigorous learning aims are met though the PBL. * ? Remove barriers * Reconsider when and where learning takes place. Structure some flexibility (oxymoron!) into the school program so spaces and time are less of a limiting factor. * ? I appreciate your help!

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Susan Pomeroy's picture
Susan Pomeroy
3rd grade teacher from Florida

What's needed? Passion, passion, passion. Educators who embrace diversity-really embrace it. Students must feel love and respected. They need to feel in their bones that they are heard even though we might not want to hear what they are saying. Teacher need to feel respected, lifted up by the faculty.

Jane Krauss's picture
Jane Krauss
Teacher, curriculum and program developer, author, PBL facilitator, techie

[quote]Ireland is still a long way away from innovative teaching/learning approaches not only because there is less budget for education, but mostly because of some principals/teachers pigheadedness too set in their old ways.[/quote]
I've been thinking about teachers' understanding of work environments other than school. It is limited. I propose we institute "Take Your Teacher to Work Day."

Linda Hoffman's picture
Linda Hoffman
8th grade multimedia teach from San Antonio, TX

Creating assessments should be a collaborative endeavor. The teacher lets the students know the basics then allow students to come to a concensus adding their own requiremetns. Students know more about this than you know and generally hold themselves at a higher standard. Besides rubrics I also use checklists. Both of these methods makes grading accurate and efficent.

Michael Brugh's picture
Michael Brugh
California Department of Education, CalServe Initative, Program Director

While student assessment is critical, I assert that it is more important to ensure that the project is highly engaging to(all)students. The project provides a context for delivering the academic content, other content and the assessment. A project that provides a highly engaging context for the students will result in better student outcomes. This is why youth voice and youth leadership is critically important.

Donna Milner's picture
Donna Milner
Elementary Media Specialist

" In work the task defines the timeline. In school it's often the other way around!"
Jane, this is so true! How can we change this around in our schools today? As a media specialist I try to connect students with learning that is relevant to them by listening to their questions and pointing them to resources that will help them find answers. I constantly meet with problems from teachers because the answers the students are seeking can not be found in the short time (30 minutes or less) that teachers have allotted for students to explore resources. It is so frustrating!

Jane Krauss's picture
Jane Krauss
Teacher, curriculum and program developer, author, PBL facilitator, techie

[quote]While student assessment is critical, I assert that it is more important to ensure that the project is highly engaging to(all)students. The project provides a context for delivering the academic content, other content and the assessment. A project that provides a highly engaging context for the students will result in better student outcomes. This is why youth voice and youth leadership is critically important.[/quote] I think so too. There's not much worth assessing when students don't engage!

Meri Kahle's picture
Meri Kahle
7th & 8th Interrelated Sped (Language Arts) from rural Kansas

I think from a sped perspective, the rubrics are important because a student with a LD in reading or writing CAN ACHIEVE, with the correct modifications and accomodations of the rubric. I personally like to include the aspects of Multiple Intelligences just because I have seen how giftedness in some non-academic areas can bring alive a true knowledge and understanding of the question asked, as long as the final project does not HAVE to be a written 3-page report. An understanding of the fact that a pop-up book, mural/collage or rap song can also show knowledge and true learning is necessary for this process. That makes rubrics vital!

Debi Lewis's picture

Adonna,
I am continually amazed at how uneducated many principals and vice-principals are in the area of PBL. Once they step out of the classroom and into administration, they lose their cutting edge.
Keep up the good fight! Kids learn best by doing!!!!!

Jane Krauss's picture
Jane Krauss
Teacher, curriculum and program developer, author, PBL facilitator, techie

[quote]I personally like to include the aspects of Multiple Intelligences just because I have seen how giftedness in some non-academic areas can bring alive a true knowledge and understanding of the question asked, [/quote]
True what you say about rubrics, they are roadmaps for kids! I love your statement about giftedness-- if only more teachers looked for and nurtured the capabilities kids do have... and assigned and assessed accordingly. You're not only smart, you're kind. -Jane

kerry Armstrong's picture

Assessment for learning skills are critical for students to move forward and to take control of their projects. Once they know how to get the 'A', they can work on 'what' they want to get an 'A' in.

We find that making sure we meet with small groups helps us make sure that students are staying on track and it gives us time to support them and a place where classmates can give feedback and help learning move forward and or deeper.

We are also finding that asking students to make mindmaps of their learning journeys helps to both assess student progress and keep students accountable for the time they are using in class.

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