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Lauren Ayer does a GREAT job outlining the “4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do” and it is published by TeachThought.
I believe that she hits the nail on the head. I spent a year in a PBL high school before being transferred to another campus in my district. The transition from a “standard” learning environment to a PBL environment does not come without some significant challenges. As a teacher I found it incredibly difficult to:
- Help students to be critical thinkers and develop/design their own projects
- Guide students in developing essential questions that their projects will answe
- Aide students in time management, organization, and presentations
- Research, Research, Research. Students have to be able to read for understanding, develop their own thoughts, and then cite them
- Appropriately assess and grade students based on a variety of skill sets
- Connect projects back to classroom concepts to use them to deepen understanding
- Prove the value of being an independent learner and show that these skills are crucial to being a successful adult.
I could keep going! When I read this piece and thought about how Lauren’s 4 things would have helped us as teachers be more organized and prepared to guide our students.