We talk a great deal about designing learning activities that really engage kids and teach real world skills they will as 21st citizens. This video gives a great visualization of project based learning!
The Buck Institute gave great real life examples of needs and implementations of PBL. Some things we need to keep in mind as educators:
- See this as an opporutnity to collaborate – Utilize the strength of your PLN. You can develop good strategies by yourself but effectiveness is increases tenfold when we reach out
- Make the learning relevant, when possible, to topics in your classroom
- Our task here is to design and redesign – Creation, when possible, is a great first step in innovation but after a system is in place, we have to be willing to modify when needed. In other words, if we create a project and package it for years with no change, we aren’t doing a great job serving kids. Here is another great opportunity to collaborate.
Our kids are up to the challenge – let’s make it a meaningful experience.