Project-Based Learning: An Overview

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I like the idea of PBL because it seems that the students are very engaged and motivated to learn. I also like that the students take ownership for the learning, and I think it's especially motivating when the students have the freedom of choosing their own topics or problems to solve. At the same time, I agree with what others have said relating to direct instruction of the basics. I think PBL could certainly have a place in daily study, but I don't feel it can replace teaching the core curriculum. I loved some of the examples of different science projects that were given, and I would love to try teaching science with more of a PBL approach. As a 4th grade teacher, I also think my students would need a lot of guidance and support to be successful using the PBL approach, but I'd love to try it.

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I find the critique of lack of assessment in PBL to be interesting. Just because the students are often studying personal interests and learning in a more hands-on way, doesn't mean that their knowledge isn't assessed. The students are no doubt given rubrics and guidelines which will be used to assess the final learning. As educators, it is important to remember that multiple choice tests are only one form of assessment.

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Any time teachers can incorporate the real world into their classrooms and into students' lives, everyone involved benefits. Context makes everything more memorable, interest makes everything more managable, and reailty will make everything more applicable. I still, however, firmly believe that the fundamentals of education need to be firmly in place such as proper letter and number formation, basic reading skills, and overall social development. I absolutely love the idea of magnet schools that cater to students' natural interest levels and feel that PBL can be done to some degree from K on until students reach more mature ages and develop a greater sense of self-awareness.

PBL and Language Arts

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Ms. Lane, I would love to hear some suggestions for possible projects for an American Lit Class!

Richard Redding/Savannah Georgia (not verified)

Technology Education

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I agree PBL is technology education as it is taught in the state of Georgia. I think expanding the concept into the other academic core classes would be an excellent idea. The idea or hope that it is the cure for all of education's problems is a little far reaching...in my opinion.

Angie Hendley-Lake Park Elementary, 1st grade, Lake Park GA (not verified)

knowledge is power

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Wow! The kids in the video were very motivated, focused, determined, and challenged. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all kids could be allowed a period to discover in schools across the nation? Would cures be found for diseases or leaps made in engineering?
*Knowledge is limited and sometimes lost, unless it is allowed to be explored!

Chris Anderson (not verified)

Technology Education

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This is better known as "Technology Education" where project based learning has been the model for the last 25 years since the shift from Industrial Arts. Check out the ITEAconnect.org or www.njtea.org. Math and Science teachers think this is a new idea.

Ashley S. (not verified)

PBL

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Winthrop University, Junior
Rock Hill, SC

This website really shows the benefits of PBL and gives supporting information from schools that have implemented this technique. The students, teachers, and administrations commentary produce a more enticing view of this learning strategy and its benefits. I think that more schools should use this. If the school boards still believe in traditional learning methods, they could implement PBL gradually so that they can see how the students are better able to retain the information and then be able to compare it to regular testing and textbook based learning.

Sarah Burnette (not verified)

Learning about Learning

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As a college student planning to become an elementary school teacher, this idea is exhilarating. This raises important ideas. I have tended to think that what I teach in my classroom, on a realistic level, will be limited and dulled by having to follow certain standards. However, there are schools out there that break those rules and teach through real experience. They focus on depth, not breadth. If public schools embrace this, that would be wonderful. Ideals and reality do not always match up, though, and I suspect that project-based learning requires more money for all the unique materials than normal classroom teaching.

Nicole and Tameka (not verified)

Hands On Minds On

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We enjoyed watching this video and hearing about the wonderful experiences these students are having with hands on learning. The students are actively engaged through vicarious experiences which allow them to learn while also having fun.

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