This conference is all about innovation in education, and how to start this process both in your classroom and at your school.
Today I attended a day-long workshop with @suzieboss on Project Based Learning (PBL).
Here are my top 10 takeaways:
- The teacher must plan and implement the driving question, the end product, the first day lesson, and the learning engagements along the way.
- When teachers are new to PBL, it's critical that they design many parts of the project for students.
- The driving question should be action-oriented and appeal to students' interests.
- The initial activity must grab students' attention.
- The audience for this project must be authentic and add value to students' learning.
- PBL is inquiry based and allows for students' individual questions.
- PBL is not the same as projects because the latter often do not have lasting learning value.
- It is not necessary to do PBL all the time. Depending on a teacher's particular situation, once or twice a year may be all that she can manage.
- It is important for colleagues to collaborate with each other on the design of a PBL project even if not everyone will be implementing it in their classroom.
- Finally, it is important to scaffold students' learning through mini lessons and check-ins along the way.