"Jan Morrison really likes to talk about the Design Process, and its iterative approach. During the process, an engineer, or artist may come up with several ideas for a solution, and then weigh the merits of each. In the classroom, we often let…"
"Absolutely. In my experience, project work rarely fits well into small chunks of time, especially if there is collaboration required. I see the highest success at PBL in schools where classes are afforded longer periods of time, so that students can…"
"Thanks! I have to say that while I did say, "start a project or inquiry with a conversation, NOT the project description."... I must tell you that I still believe that you should give the kids a project description - just not as the…"
"Yahoo, Sherri! You have hit upon THE ISSUE that is my recent soapbox, working with teachers in PBL environments.
Here is my current message: start a project or inquiry with a conversation, NOT the project description. Through a conversation, you…"
As someone with some experience with New Tech schools, I can relay on what some other teachers have done with quite a bit of success. I'll address your questions point by point.
1) Whole class vs. mini class sets? Depends upon the…"
I was a classroom teacher for 16 years, most of which was spent teaching physics at my alma mater, Del Norte High School in Albuquerque. I also taught at a small public school in Napa - New Technology High School, where I started practicing full-blown project based learning.
Now I work for the New Tech Network ( http://www.newtechnetwork.org ), as a School Development Coach - which means that I help public school districts create high schools in the image of the original New Tech in Napa. All the schools are small (~400 students), employ wall-to-wall PBL, include 21st Century Skills development, and have a 1:1 student computer ratio. Much of my work centers around helping teachers practice effective PBL.
I'm here because I love thinking and talking about education.
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