Project-Based Learning: An Overview

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Anonymous (not verified)

LA/SS Project Based Learning

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Has anyone done this with 4th/5th grade language arts or social studies?

Claire Lane (not verified)

PBL and Language Arts

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I was trained in PBL ten years ago through IMSA and am an English teacher in the Hamilton County school system, Chattanooga, TN. PBL works great in EVERY discipline including language arts. I use it to introduce or end a study. If I am using the human condition as a major theme for the literature I am studying, I might start the unit with a PBL on character traits and how they are or are not used today. Usually I have our character education director work with me by asking my students to address the need for character education in the high schools - specific training/classes on this or ways to make students more aware of human behavior. As the PBL concludes, I am able to focus my essential question on human condition transitioning from their prior knowledge gained in the PBL. I use a PBL (mini or major) at least four times throughout a semester. It is a wonderful tool, makes the students aware of many perspectives and allows them to be in charge of their learning. It feeds beautifully into my essential questions. Using the UBD model of backwards planning, I figure out what I want them to know at the end of the unit, and then I plan my PBL and EQ around what the learning outcome should be. 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.

Anonymous (not verified)

Project Based Learning

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How might this concept be applied in a high school language arts/English classroom setting?

Anonymous (not verified)

Project Based Learning

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Great Introduction to PBL. I am strongly thinking about incorporating it into my curriculum- Industrial Technology grades 8-12.

Andrew (not verified)

Comments on Prof Seymour's comment on curriculum change

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Generally agree that there is a need to re-look at the curriculum in the schools. But I'm also of the opinion that there is a general pool of knowledge that students need to know before they begin solving problems.
E.g. basic maths, physics or chemistry need to be understood before applying them to solve real world problems. The challenge is to identify these basic knowledge. This would be more constructive than just saying PBL is the way to go.
Any suggestions?

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