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After teaching how to learn using PBL and knowing what is in your curriculum, choose an upcoming event that will be in the news. For example: the Olympic Games, Great for geography. sports, writing etc. Upcoming election, Great for math with poling and predicting along with Civics. Solve a problem like overweight kids. Do a cerial PBL to determine which products are the healthiest. Put the books away for three weeks and use your local newspaper instead, every section of the pa[er is a great place to learn. Create your own newspaper. Use your imagination and let the kids use theirs. These are just a start.

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Allen Berg
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Thank you Jerry Schiffman:

for your recent posts here at PBL. I am inspired by your comments and suggestions, because they are very effective and direct:
simple to-understand and simple to-implement in classrooms.
Your longtime experience as a pro-active "Leader-in-Learning" =
Principal = CEO of a Public School, shines through clearly...

In appreciation, to follow-up on your suggestions, I offer this link to a current exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art by Fred Tomaselli, who has a long career as a muralist/collagist/painter from Southern California to his residence, studo, and gallery now in Brooklyn, New York.

The Museum website has an excellent video (about 6 minutes) of the artist demonstrating and explaining his collage techniques based on magazine cutout pictures, small discarded pills-as-objects and shapes (*note: see next paragraph) ... as well as his experience manufacturing surfboards in his younger years in Southern California :-) where he used "resins" to coat, protect, and waterproof the surfboards, he now uses the resins to coat and protect the art collage surfaces he creates...

I would suggest to teachers that his large-scale collage canvases can as well be done as Project-Based Learning arts-creations as student group projects, using paper cutout images from magazines etc. and easily available food-forms, such as:
grain seeds, flower seeds, fruit seeds, herb seeds and various beans/legumes, and all sorts of cool pasta shapes: rotini=spirals, ditalini=little thimbles, ziti=curved tubes, fusilli=spiral twisted spaghetti, bowties and butterflies, tiny sea shells, and even small wheels with spokes,
and I forgot star anise seed pods...
and all sorts of cereal shapes: famously "cheerios" "chex",
"pops"/spheres, etc.
and beads (handmade by students with paper-rolling thin strips or commercially-available ones as well...)

*Note: All of which can REPLACE the 'discarded pills' the Artist uses in his adult-oriented art pieces...

These all can be glued on wood panel, masonite board, fiberboard, corrugated cardboard, foamcore, etc.

The website has just a few of his collages to view (but you can Google search his name for more examples from galleries etc.) I higly recommend the third and last of the 3 images from the Museum page: titled "Expulsion" (from the Garden of Eden), because you can see how labor-intensive, yet simply-procedured, the gluing-project is...

And you can easily adapt this compositional format (or others...)
to whatever theme you wish, that is timely or appropriate, such as: Sunshine, Moonlight, Earth/Nature, Landscape, Holidays, Occasions, Activities, etc.

So that it could be a nice simple yet extended PBL activity for students to participate in and cooperate in, creating/producing a
wonder-full large-scale mural-size Work-of-Art, suitable for a School Hallway Display... to share and be proud of...

Happy Holidays... and see if this could be a fun 'jump-start' for your classroom for the New Year...

(I have not mentioned the sophisticated High School Geometry applications and relevance that this art project can incorporate, because that could be a completely separate extensive posting...
to be continued... :-)


Allen Berg

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