OK Class...look at this picture and answer some questions...
Who is this lady?
What is her job?
Why is she famous?
What's up with all the jewelry?
Where is she from?
Who were her enemies?
NOW: Make a pamphlet that answers all of these questions by Friday.
(It's Queen Victoria by the way...)
THIS IS NOT PBL!
Kids need guidance from us so they can learn to work on their own. We are not completely out of the picture when we use Project Based Learning. We are planners, facilitators, monitors, and we will take on many other roles defined by the projects we assign.
Project Based Learning will provide places for students to do inquiry-based learning rather than teacher-centered learning. We can provide context for them in the form of an ENTRY EVENT before they begin their projects.
A GREAT point made on the Google questionnaire:
"I am not sure how students will learn by doing without prior knowledge."
You are right! Students need some prior knowledge and structure. Prior knowledge is essential for students to do well on a PBL.
PBL calls it an ENTRY EVENT!
ENTRY EVENTS will:
We already do these when we hand out packets, show examples of old projects, and give students information on how to find sources. What we need to do is JAZZ these presentations up! That will take work and planning on our parts.
One of my favorite running quotes says:
"I'm not telling you it is going to be easy; I am telling you it is going to be worth it!"
Taking the time to make a great ENTRY EVENT will inspire your students. If you do a really good job on it, you can always use it again next year to make it a tradition!
"Ooh Mom! When I am in Mrs. Maples class someday, I can search for that Polonius guy, too..."
Try adding one of these things to your ENTRY EVENT:
Click on the link below for our first PBL PowerPoint, then look at our sample flyer for a Math PBL. After you look it over, please respond to our questionnaire.
A COmmon theme
The most successful PBLs seem to help students connect ideas between different subjects. For that reason, we think having a school-wide theme will help to unify our plans and spark our imaginations. The theme we chose for our example is a little bit silly, but we did it for fun. America expanded west and so did our city. It might be interesting to see what we could get out of this theme, but we are open to your ideas. Please share them on the form below.
Our Example PBL Project overview for Algebra 1:
We would love to get some feedback!