Check out the following Project Based Learning (PBL) articles and videos:
-“More Fun Than a Barrel of . . . Worms?!” – Diane Curtis, Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/more-fun-barrel-worms
– “Geometry Students Angle into Architecture Through Project Learning” – Sara Armstrong, Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/geometry-real-world-students-architects
– “March of the Monarchs: Students Follow the Butterflies’ Migration” – Diane Curtis, Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/march-monarchs
In these PBL examples, student’s curiosity and interest is the driving force behind the lessons. The students could not be more engaged with their learning. Students are constructing their knowledge as opposed to being instructed with knowledge. Teachers become facilitators and continual ask guiding questions. It is evident that from a student’s perspective, their learning has a purpose and is connected to real life situations. The students are ACTIVELY thinking, problem solving, collaborating, inventing, and questioning. It’s learning that is alive, active, and exciting!
I came across the following article titled, Passion-based learning in the 21st century: An interview with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach http://plpnetwork.com/2011/04/22/passion-based-learning-in-the-21st-century-an-interview-with-sheryl-nussbaum-beach/ It’s a great read!