Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the role of this institution? “Our whole reason for showing up for school has changed, but infrastructure has stayed behind,” said Diana Laufenberg, who taught history at the progressive public school Science Leadership Academy for many years. Laufenberg provided some insight into how she guided students to find their own learning paths at school, and enumerated some of these ideas at SXSWEdu last week. 1. Laufenberg recalled a group of tenacious students who continued to ask permission to focus their video project on the subject of drugs, despite her repeated objections. 2. Laufenberg’s answer: Get them curious enough in the subject to do research on their own. “Rather than saying, ‘We’re going to study immigration,’ I took them through a process where they become interested in it themselves,” she said. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Related
4 Stages Of Problem-Based Learning by Terry Heick We’ve written about inquiry-based learning in the past, as well as its mother project-based learning, and it’s aloof, hipster cousin self-directed learning. So it made sense to take a look at challenge-based learning–the process of anchoring the learning process through problems–usually local, authentic, and personal to the student. More on this idea soon. 16 Questions To Promote Problem-Based Learning Connect & Analyze 1. 2. 3. 4. Research & Contextualize 5. 6. 7. 8. Imagine & Design 9. 10. 11. 12. Act & Socialize 13. 14. 15. 16. 16 Questions To Promote Problem-Based Learning
What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School New Tech Network In many schools, project-based learning happens in isolated cases: in certain teachers’ classrooms here and there, or in the contexts of specific subjects. But for students to benefit from project-based learning, ideally it’s part of a school’s infrastructure — a way to approach learning holistically. For one quickly growing network of schools, project-based learning is the crux of the entire ecosystem. New Tech Network, which was founded 15 years ago, is taking its school-wide project-based model to national scale. The organization, which offers a paid program for schools to use its model, began with a flagship school in Napa and has grown to 120 schools in 18 states, most of which are public schools. The network has not only grown in size, but also in notoriety. The nod from the president comes at a time when New Tech is attempting to position itself as a successful model to follow. New Tech schools are entirely project-based and cross-disciplinary.
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4-ways-to-differentiate-learning-and-engage?utm_content=buffer9b5ba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions by Terry Heick Essential questions are, ask Grant Wiggins defines, “‘essential’ in the sense of signaling genuine, important and necessarily-ongoing inquiries.” These are grapple-worthy, substantive questions that not only require wrestling with, but are worth wrestling with–that could lead students to some critical insight in a 40/40/40-rule sense of the term. I collected the following set of questions through the course of creating units of study, most of them from the Greece Central School District in New York. Or maybe I’ll make a separate page for them entirely. Decisions, Actions, and Consequences What is the relationship between decisions and consequences? Social Justice What is social justice? Culture: Values, Beliefs & Rituals How do individuals develop values and beliefs? Adversity, Conflict, and Change How does conflict lead to change? Utopia and Dystopia How would we define a utopian society? Chaos and Order Constructing Identities Creation
42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects 42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects by Terry Heick So often, we make learning more complicated than it has to be. Local planning requirements are usually at fault here–plan this way and prove that you’ve done so here and here, fill out this and this, etc. Those legitimate concerns aside, the following series of fill-in-the-blank prompts can be used by teachers to create lessons, students to create projects–or teachers to collaborate with students to create lessons–or projects. Or, well, you get the idea. Please steal them, add to them, or otherwise do with them what you will. 42 Project-Based Learning Ideas For Any Content Area A few examples of how it might work? Clarify racism in the United States for a high school in India. Design and publish a compelling eBook your friends would actually want to read using a simple smartphone app. Practice coding until you can make a ball bounce. Compare the force of a tsunami with a nuclear bomb.
BIE-Update--What-Matters-Most-for-Teachers- For Gold Standard PBL, What Matters Most for Teachers? by Suzie Boss, BIE National Faculty [WATCH] The Inspiration Behind Project Based Teaching Watch Teacher Fellow and TED Speaker Pearl Arredondo and Creator of the Flat Stanley Project Dale Hubert talk about what high-quality PBL means. More NEW Content This Week [WATCH] Assessing the 4 C's Learn about three school districts using rubrics to assess 21st century student outcomes. [WATCH] The Chopstick Challenge Students engage in a team building challenge with a focus on collaboration. [NEW PINS] Project Based Teaching Pinterest Board Resources pinned by us and our friends at the Teaching Channel. [JOIN OUR TEAM] New Opening! Join our team as a Systemic Partnership Coach. Next Month's Hangouts on Collaboration in Project Based Learning Envisioning Effective Teams Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM PT (3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET) Collaboration and High-Quality Student Work Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM PT (3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET)
Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL At the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), we've been keeping a list of the many types of "_____- based learning" we've run across over the years: Case-based learning Challenge-based learning Community-based learning Design-based learning Game-based learning Inquiry-based learning Land-based learning Passion-based learning Place-based learning Problem-based learning Proficiency-based learning Service-based learning Studio-based learning Team-based learning Work-based learning . . . and our new fave . . . Zombie-based learning (look it up!) Let's Try to Sort This Out The term "project learning" derives from the work of John Dewey and dates back to William Kilpatrick, who first used the term in 1918. Designing and/or creating a tangible product, performance or event Solving a real-world problem (may be simulated or fully authentic) Investigating a topic or issue to develop an answer to an open-ended question Problem-Based Learning vs. Problem-based learning typically follow prescribed steps:
Using Gallery Walks for Revision and Reflection by Charity Allen and John Larmer One of the Eight Essential Elements of Project Based Learning is Revision and Reflection. This important element enables learners to improve their work through the use of feedback from multiple sources – peers, teacher, and expert. However, giving and receiving feedback from others can be tricky. It can take time, and the giver might not know how to frame his or her feedback, both in terms of content and tone. The receiver might take critical feedback personally, or be misled by feedback that is off-target in some way. One way to avoid potential pitfalls and help ensure feedback is “kind, specific, and helpful” (to quote Ron Berger) is to use a protocol. Our version of a Gallery Walk protocol doesn't take much time; it provides a structure for critique; and it levels the playing field, since participants are both givers and receivers of feedback. “I like how well the major products align with the Driving Question.” Using Gallery Walks with Students
Engaging Students with the Power of Public Radio Looking for something innovative but practical to try in your classroom? The stories heard on public radio can grab students’ attention while providing a modern spin on a historical event or illustrate a real world application of a scientific concept. Recorded radio news provides a novel mode of delivery for informational texts in a classroom environment. Additionally, this audio can be a great example of spoken academic language for students to emulate. The Massachusetts-based company Listen Current curates the best of public radio to help keep teachers connected to the real world and build student listening skills at the same time. Listen Current also offers robust lesson plans that are aligned with Common Core standards. Some stories to explore: ELA – Dust Bowl Poetry; Pairs with Grapes of Wrath Social Studies – Citizenship in Athens; Consider getting voted “off the island” in ancient times Science – Mystery of the Moving Rocks; A fun science mystery explained
project-based-learning-resources Project Based Learning is becoming a popular teaching method in the classroom where students can gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time focusing on a certain problem, question, or challenge. According to the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), essential elements of PBL include: Significant Content- At its core, the project is focused on teaching students important knowledge and skills, derived from standards and key concepts at the heart of academic subjects. 21st century competencies- Students build competencies valuable for today’s world, such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity/innovation, which are explicitly taught and assessed. In-Depth Inquiry- Students are engaged in an extended, rigorous process of asking questions, using resources, and developing answers. Education World has a list of Project Based Learning resources teachers can use in the classroom:
TWT: Problem-based Learning Strategy What is Problem-based learning? Problem-based learning is another teaching and learning strategy that challenges students to seek solutions to real-world problems. The problems are designed to arouse student curiosity, attempt to engage students in authentic and interesting types of activities, and prepare them to think critically and analytically. An interesting historical note about problem-based learning is that it was first used in medical schools in the 1970s. Problem-based learning is generally composed of two parts: a question or a problem, which is either student or teacher generated, and the students’ arrival at a solution. A key element to problem-based learning is that it focuses on students solving problems perceived as meaningful or relevant to their lives. How does problem-based learning encourage student learning? In problem-based learning, the traditional teacher and student roles change. What does problem-based learning look like in the classroom? Present the problem.
Problem Based Learning Activities Constitution Day projects & Essays resources es/ms/hs Actively seek out alternative information ADA - assessment and action project Alternative Energy Sources and Conservation Attendance Improvement Campaign Benjamin Franklin Extraordinary Biodiversity Exploration Investigation ms/hs Birds - examine status of local species Bird Species List for FeederWatch - make one Biomes - learn about biomes as you select a new home Bloggez- vous? Bonus Army treatment and veterans today Bridges or earmarks what is the national priority? Cars - Event recording device - privacy, safety & justice Charity begins at Home Civil Rights - What are yours? Clean Coal Technology fact or fiction Club or School Presentation Project Collaboration Online and Social Networking - Web 2.0 Collaboration online and Social Networking - using it to do work Colonial American PowerPoint project ppt download Community's History through its names Community Green Infrastructure Project Competition of Birds on Wade Island - updated 3/2013