PBL – A Lifetime of Learning
What should you plan for, and expect from, the PBL experience? The answer is difficult to summarize because perspectives on the topic vary. However, at its core, we are trying to ignite – reignite – the passion for learning. Once that passion is ignited, we can then structure the learning process so that it has personal impact on the student.
Students will learn how to conduct research, talk to industry professionals, collaborate effectively with others, and produce a product that has an impact on their world. We do this as adults. We can effectively help our youth do the same thing!
As stated before, the probing question should motivate the student into action. Although teachers are motivated to ensure they comply with state standards, the PBL starting point should not sound like the reiteration of that measure. Yes, the standards are driving the content. Yes, the standards dictate the scope of the project. But the standards should not be in your students’ faces.
Again, “Who cares?”
This is an important question when considering how the probing question is phrased. Allow the question to have meaning at the personal, family, church, or community level. Ask your students how they see themselves compared to the question. If the question does not personally impact them, can they empathize with the people that are impacted? Either way, get them to feel the question, and not just think about it.
On to the next . . . Sustaining Your Students Interest in the Project!
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