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Diane (not verified)

Hi Umesh: We've profiled a number

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Hi Umesh: We've profiled a number of examples of project-based learning used in math classes. See "Geometry in the Real World" and "Drawing Art into the Equation" More high school examples may be found here. The following elementary and middle school examples may provide ideas that can be adapted for high school students. See "The Magic of Math" and Great Team, Great School
umesh (not verified)

Gd morning. iam a teacher

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Gd morning. iam a teacher from india , and iam promoting the pbl methodalogy to my high school students . i want to know more about the math pbl ideas with respect to highschool mathematics. thanks, umesh
Irene Smith (not verified)

I agree with Diane Demee

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I agree with Diane Demee Benoit that including a service learning component to the curriculum and activities we use in our classrooms can have a powerful effect on student achievement and self actualization. Our school has been involved in a National Council for the Social Studies CiviConnections Program (with funding from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service's Learn and Serve America initiative.) Our students have been engaged in considering the problems related to our Yakima River system, examining the historical context and complexities of these issues and then soliciting help from experts in the field to work on solutions to these problems. Not only did they learn a great deal about our region's history, geography and watershed issues, they also learned that they can make a difference in our community by addressing needs and tackling difficult problems. The empowerment of our young people is an essential need (at the middle school and high school levels in particular.) Kids today spend a great deal of time involved in activities that are almost exclusively "selfish". Some of these activities are valuable in promoting the development of student health and character, but they are limited in helping the child acquire a sense of efficacy in the world. Making a difference for others. Improving the community. Knowing that we can each play an important role in making the world a better place. This kind of internal confidence comes only from having the opportunity to get involved in large and small scale community problem solving. Perhaps there would be less depression and other mental illness if our youth had more opportunities to feel like they make a difference. Schools certainly can play a role by integrating service learning through project based activities.
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