What is Project-Based learning, its characteristics and benefits for learning. How can teachers conduct project-based learning effectively, manage project teams, become an effective mentor, learn to create rubrics and assess students' projects. In essence what you will learn here is project-based learning best practices.
If you are an educator looking to add PBL to your practice, this secion is for you.
What is PBL?
Everything You Need to Know
A Brief History of Project-Based Learning
5 Key Characteristics of PBL
7 PBL Best Practices for Your Classroom
The Research-Backed Benefits of PBL
4 Advantage Areas of Doing PBL with Students ... and more!
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Learning in school is broken down into subjects, such as: English, Math, etc. Students working on projects discover early on that any problem depends on understanding multiple topics that make up the problem they are trying to solve. These topics are considered to be the 'Foundational Knowledge' that students need to understand as part of the design of the solution to their problem. In this section we are going to investigate how to identify foundational knowledge in any project that students encounter.
Be a Good Mentor
We often think of mentors as wise and experienced teachers who guide students on a journey to accomplish an educational goal. But there are very specific characteristics that define a good mentor. In this section we will explore what are those characteristics and how can you become a great mentor who can impact your students' success.
Manage Project Teams
One of the biggest obstacles in trying to adopt PBL is lack of project management skills. In this section we are exploring the importance of project management and how teachers and students can learn to manage their projects effectively.
Even in the most forward looking school with well adapted teachers and students, projects are doomed to fail if schools and teachers did not prepare students to work collaboratively. In this section we are exploring the nature of collaborative learning and what are its best practices.
Assessment best suited for a project environment has special characteristics that distinguish it from traditional assessment. In this section we will explore the different ways for assessing project-based work and its best practices.
In order to assess performance, it is necessary to construct descriptions of the required actions, thoughts, and operations so that we know what good performance is. These descriptors are called rubrics. In this e-book we will describe what is an effective rubric, how to create rubrics for different types of problems, and how to come up with the best scale ratings.
Project-based learning culminates in a final presentation of learning. During the process of PBL, students receive continuous feedback from team mates, their instructor, coaches, mentors, and others involved in the project. Presenting the final product, idea, and any other relevant artifacts created during the process is a great way to celebrate success as well as get feedback. In this e-book we will discuss all that project-based learning presentation entails.