My Project Based Learning Site: My Dream Playground
- What do you now understand best about Project Based Learning? What do you understand least?
By completing this course I now understand that Project Based Learning is framed around a meaningful problem to solve or a question to answer. When this course began, I had never heard of a driving question and how it frames the entire project. I also learned that Project Based Learning is different from completing a regular project because it involves a real world context for the students and there is a public element to the project. I think the students will find it more meaningful when they actually have to present their work to someone besides their classmates and teacher. I was also amazed at how much voice and choice the students have throughout the project. I find that when I give assignments, I pretty much expect it to be accomplished one way. I think students will appreciate having more of a voice through Project Based Learning.
The area where I still need a little work is reflection. I have performed self -reflection on my own lessons, but I have not regularly had my students complete their own reflections. I am still working on that and finding ways to make reflection more meaningful for the students. I find that they have difficulty providing quality feedback to their classmates and really taking the time to reflect on their own work.
- What did you expect to learn in this course?
I expected to learn what Project Based Learning is and how it can be implemented in the classroom.
- What did you actually learn? More, less, and why?
I learned what I expected to learn from the course and more. I am so happy that we were able to create our own project and put together the site for our project. This helped me breakdown and understand the elements of project design in a more meaningful way. Switching to a Project Based Learning mindset seems like a huge undertaking and it will cause me to be way more organized and have more foresight. The BIE website was a great resource and will be helpful to use for future projects.
- What will you do with what you have learned?
I teach in a small private school and none of the teachers at my school have attempted Project Based Learning or have even talked about it. I know that it is becoming more popular in the public school district we are in so the topic will most likely come up at our school. I feel confident that I can explain what Project Based Learning is to my colleagues. I will also be able to show them the website I have created and show them how they can incorporate PBL in their classroom. I’d like to work with some of the teachers in my school and help them create a project and work with them on the project in upcoming school years. It’s my goal to start small and help incorporate PBL in our school.