Guidelines for Project-Based Learning
While far from a new concept, some teachers are changing their approach to classroom learning. Instead of traditional lectures and testing, teachers are attempting a project-based learning method that makes use of long-term, student-centered, and interdisciplinary learning activities. If you're looking for ways to integrate some of these techniques into your classroom, here are a few helpful guidelines.
- Determine the 'take-away' skills then design a project that will meet these goals. This makes sure all the key points have been incorporated and allows time to gather all materials needed.
- Look for ways to make even the toughest topics fun. While teachers were once limited by available resources, the advent of the Internet has opened up new possibilities. If you're feeling unimaginative, chances are you'll be able to find material that is age and skill appropriate to add a bit of spice to the lack-luster unit.
- Do not attempt too many standards at once. While you want to be sure to get the most out of each project, don't make them overwhelming or even stretch yourself thin. Create a system for assessing the difficulty of each standard you wish to incorporate and don't be afraid to revise a project if you feel it will be too difficult to complete in the time provided.
- Start small. Classrooms do not transition to project-based learning overnight. Therefore, in the beginning, start small by limiting the scope of each project. There will be plenty of time to add on or revise from year to year.
For more guidelines, visit Edutopia's "10 Takeaway Tips for Project-Based Learning".
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