Project-based instruction is one or the best ways to address diverse learning objectives in a classroom. Projects allow us to provide enrichment as we provide feedback and direction, we can help students practice IEP objectives such as reading, writing, or communication skills, and we get to see students work “outside the box” of seat work and class discussions. The featured post on Stump the Teacher, however, is not just another look at project-based instruction. This version asks students to take on ongoing “passion projects”; learners get to explore topics of choice in depth and they get to do it for long periods of time. I cannot imagine the long term benefits of this type of learning, but it is clear that it would be both [read more…]

Projects with “warts and all”

Paul Barnwell at The Center for Teaching Quality has written a great post on using project-based learning in a standards-based classroom. His description of using digital storytelling with his students is sure to answer some of your questions about using PBL in [read more…]

All about PBL

In keeping with my theme of focusing on the process of differentiation, I am going to highlight posts on project-based learning this week. I’m kicking this off with a fairly detailed description of PBL that can be found on one of the very best education sites out there—Edutopia. Click over and read it if [read more…]