Silvia Martinez, 21st Century Teaching & Learning

My Kindergarten / First Grade Teaching and Learning Reflections

Project Based Learning

Filed under: EDIM 502 — silvia at 7:51 pm on Sunday, October 23, 2011

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!



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   Bill Dolton

November 3, 2011 @ 2:42 am

Very good analysis! I love your statement: “their learning has a purpose and is connected to real life situations.” That is so important in good PBL. Thanks for the link to the Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach interview. I like the notion of “passion-based learning.” That and Apple’s “Challenge-Based Learning” are good companions to traditional PBL.

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