“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin
You and your students are in the middle of discussing plans to help a few local businesses improve sustainability practices. Group conversations are a bit noisy, but highly productive. All in all, the second day of your first project with your students is going really well on the engagement front. Then a fire drill begins, work stops, and your students lose both class time and focus.
You’ve read the project-based learning (PBL) success stories, researched the studies showing student performance gains, and now you’re ready for your district to dive into PBL. Your next step is finding teacher leaders. This is a critical task because these educators will add value in a few different ways:
Collaboration is at the core of project-based learning. Educators benefit from working with colleagues whether they’re starting out with PBL or have been facilitating projects for years. Shared development can be done in different ways, from formal training to informal discussions. A combination of approaches gives teachers the opportunity to find the right fit.
Navigating real-world problems is at the heart of project-based learning (PBL). What better way to bring the real world into the classroom than to bring the classroom into the real world? Not only is effective PBL bolstered by service learning and community partnerships, but the community at large can reap benefits that start with engaged young residents participating in community life.
Student success and school (or school district) success is typically measured by test scores. Teachers and administrators are accountable for student performance. Home values can even rise or fall with the perceived quality of a school district. So, it’s no surprise that test scores are on the minds of educators.
Keep students on track as winter holidays approach by including seasonal project-based learning (PBL) in your plans! The holiday season can be a time when students lose interest in classes, but it’s actually a great time to build enthusiasm around PBL. Acknowledge the excitement of the season and build those 21st Century Skills with fun projects like planning parties and making gifts.
We solve problems every day, from figuring out a faster route to work to deciding what to make for dinner. Project-based learning (PBL) offers students a chance to start actively solving problems, learn through real-life scenarios, and come away with deeper understanding. PBL is a great way to build skills like collaboration, critical thinking, and communication into lesson plans, but getting started can be intimidating since PBL may be a change of pace in your classroom or school district. Here are six key ideas to remember when planning your first projects.
Have you been trying to incorporate hands-on teaching and learning? Are you seeing some success but wanting to do more or running into challenges around time constraints, content creation, and alignment to standards? Workbench can help. Learn how other teachers, schools, and districts are using Workbench to engage students and get results that matter.
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