PROJECT BASED LEARNING
The term “project-based learning” gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they’re learning. As many great teachers know, project-based learning is much more than students just “doing projects” after they’ve learned about a certain subject. When done well, students use the project as a way to learn about the subject. The idea is that kids learn best not by being lectured, but when they become a part of the learning objective.
When done well, the goal of project based learning is to connect classroom learning to its applications in the outside world. Planning and designing great projects is not easy, though. It can be very messy, and schools that are entirely based on project based learning look very different than traditional classrooms. Though there’s no one particular way of doing it, there are certain criteria that educators agree should be incorporated.
Take a look at the posts below, which include examples of projects, like this student-created Holocaust exhibit, and this arcade made of cardboard completely by one motivated kid. We recommend starting with the articles below, but be sure to scroll through all the pages.
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