|Planning for learning during the last two weeks of school is challenging at best. Minds have wandered, the sun is shining, and students want out the door. How do you keep them engaged? This year I tried for the first time a project based learning (PBL) activity. My students assignment was “Dream Vacation” from Next Lessons. Below are several pieces of their work.
My goal for this activity was:
What came out of this activity was much, much more.
What makes a great PBL activity?
How do you plan a PBL activity?
If you are a beginner like me there are a lot of resources out there to glean from.
Real-world problem solving and engaging students is at the core of PBL. Students are driven to think deeper and gain knowledge in real-world problem solving situations because it’s engaging and challenging. It’s 21 century learning for our students who are in need of electronic skills. The teacher is the facilitator not a drill Sergeant in helping students with questioning and research. The teacher coaches the students along the way and in the end assesses the student’s knowledge gained through the experience.
Are you convinced that PBL can help promote 21st century learners? Engage learners? Result in deeper learning for our students? Take it from a first timer, it’s worth it!