Project-Based Learning: An Overview

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Librarian Falmouth Middle School Maine

Do Remember to collaborate

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Collaboration and cross-curricular learning will make PBL even more interesting to teach and to learn. The other part of your school that you should look to for help and talent is your school librarian. I would love to work on a PBL topic with teachers in my school.

In classroom examples

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This demonstrates that you can take anything and turn it into a learning experience and yet still cover the material needed. I really enjoyed how they took one of their studenst who had cystic fibrosis and turned it into an educational oppurutnity to teach the students about it. They had to students look it up and do an assignment on it rather than just telling them what it is.
Also the electric racing cars and science experiments were very inspiring. This project based learning seem to give the children a meaning and understanding for learning. I wish this could happen every where and all the time. Very inspiring!

Using a Blog for your class

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If you are using the human condition as a spring board, you should check out this Blog site - autonomyandlife.com - excellent perspective from a great thinker!

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The 'general pool of knowledge' you mention can be learned by incorporating it into PBL through mini-lessons that tie into the project. This is just one way of introducing and/or teaching the 'general pool of knowledge'.

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Wow... it is just about time! Classrooms beyond walls :). Now , we can say school is fun!

Middle School teacher: 8th grade social studies; 7th grade English from IN

Claire Lane's post

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I am happy to share some of my PBL's with you. My class has become student driven rather than teacher driven thanks to strategies like PBL, and my students love them.

I'm brand new to Edutopia and would LOVE to hear more about the PBL's you've used in your classes.

Nancy Noyes

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Of course this is AWESOME!!! This is what we do in Career & Tech every day--and have done for years! I am SO glad academic teachers are getting on board too! I do think there is value in some traditional ways of teaching, and these should not just be totally discarded. But recognizing how we ALL learn is so incredibly important, and to retain the enthusiasm for lifelong learning is critical!

Subsutitue teacher,Graduate Student on line.

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This is the first time I have visited this site! I wish I had know aabout this along time ago. This is good to use for younger children learning about anything from a -z.
I will implament alot of the things I invisioned by looking on your site in the literacty Summer School Program.
Good luck!

I still don't see any

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I still don't see any empirical research demonstrating PBL is more effective at any type of learning. I have seen articles that demonstrated that direct instruction is most effective both in retention and in transference.

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I'd love to know more about your projects.

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