Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning

Thoughts from the Summer Tech PD 2015

What thoughts (pros vs. cons) do you have about Project Based Learning in your classroom?

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a year ago
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Pros - Really involves students in learning. Creates real-world scenarios. Student-driven.

a year ago
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Cons - Hard to write in a curriculum. Needs to change with each student population. Harder to grade.

a year ago
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Pro- Actively engaged, problem solving skills, real world, student driven.

a year ago
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Con-small check in's makes evaluation of group project difficult. Are all kids engaged?

a year ago
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Pros : Ownership, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Leadership, Communication, Real Life Learning, and Roles. The change of talking to student to where they sit and get the information to now sitting with student coming up with a game plan and following through with their projects. Cons: Letting go of control, changing the way you teach to question, explore, and create. A PBL classroom is draining because you are involved in many different projects all at once, but well worth it.

a year ago
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Pros: educators facilitate not dictate, lots of time for formative assessment, allows teachers to learn along with students. Cons:teachers are no longer the sage on stage, power can be a tough thing to give up.

a year ago
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PBL is exciting and promotes all the 4Cs of 21st century learning. For the teacher, it is hard to manage because of all the different activities going on in the classroom.

a year ago
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I love the idea of PBL; it reminds me of DOK higher levels. The biggest pro I see in PBL is student engagement! Of course critical thinking skills and problem solving skills are important too. The biggest con I see is the student that does not pull his wait in the group.

a year ago
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Why not? Research shows: students are more engaged, their learning is deeper, problem solving skills and ability to collaborate well increases, AND students still perform well on standardized tests. Breaking down the larger task into "baby steps" as well as being sure that when students work collaboratively ALL are actively participating and doing their fair share is key for SUCCESS. It is a student driven task with teacher involvement along the way.

a year ago
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Pros—student interest, research heavy, critical thinking skills; problem solving skills for real world; need for collaboration Cons—difficult “script” for substitute teacher to follow; standards may not be specifically mentioned; grading process of learning, not end product---could be difficult