With PBL, the project itself is
the learning, not the "dessert"
at the end. As students and I
have been planning and preparing for
our projects, we've talked a lot
about how what they learn about
technology is the most important
part! Here are the steps we
Week 1: We look at and talk
about the process from the back
forward. We talk first about
the rubric that outlines my
expectations. You can see this
here for 2nd
and 3rd grades, or
here for 4th
Some of the major ideas are that
students learn to take initiative
for their own learning - they need
to be able to solve their own
problems! This really reflects
our 1st habit: Be Proactive!
Week 2: We start developing
some ideas for our projects.
Again, we reinforce the idea that
what your student is learning about
is the most important thing!
We also focus on creating achievable
goals, creating high-quality work,
and using our time wisely.
Week 3 and on: We continue to
meet, discuss, and work on our
projects. Students must use at
least 3 classes before they may turn
in their project, but they are
allowed to use as many as they would
like to create a quality project!
I believe PBL can help empower
students to reach their full
potential not only in technology,
but in their main classrooms and
everyday lives. PBL encourages
students to teach themselves - a
power that will support them
throughout their entire lives.