“Flip the classroom just a little.”
In project-based learning, the learning is more than just absorbing facts. Students should be able to reflect upon the process and how the overall experience impacted them and those involved. Typically, the reflection process will focus on four key points.
“Giving students a ‘voice’ and a ‘choice’…”
As with any learning experience, we have to respond to the questions students will ask. Why are we learning this? Why is this important? What’s the point? As the teacher, reinforce the idea that adults ask the same questions. We always need to remind ourselves that our actions have a purpose. Always keep the project’s purpose statement visible to students. When students get off track, ask them to state the purpose of the research project. Remember, when I talked about the probing question earlier on in this series, I indicated that the probing question had two purposes:
- Get the students interested.
- Get the students focused.