I choose to examine Project Based Learning because I feel it is more appropriate for my subject of social studies. After reviewing the information and finding some of my own information, I questioned what this would look like in the classroom. Is this something that every student has to work on? Is this something that every class has to work on? Is this something that needs to be completed in a day or within a week or two?
While reviewing and reflecting on these questions for a few days, I think I have a few answers to my questions. I am working on creating a PBL for my classes on Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman achievements and how crucial they were to our world today.
Is this something that every student has to work on?
I do believe that this is something that every student should be exposed to. Maybe the method of the PBL will have to be modified for particular students based on their needs or certain exceptions should be made. But all students need to have the opportunity to develop researching skills. They should be given the chance to question and find the answers that guides and see the tangents they will go on as they research.
Is this something that every class has to work on?
Again, I do believe that it would be helpful for every class to be exposed to a project like this; however, certain classes might need more guidance than others. For example, my second period has more ESOL and IEP/504 students, so they might need more guidance and help than my other classes. There will be more strategies needed to help them, while other strategies helping those that have succeeded past the scaffolds.
Is this something that needs to be completed in a day or within a week or two?
Depending on the project, it might take a week for the students to complete the research appropriately and be able to make the connections necessary in order to be successful on the project. Ideally, I wouldn't want it to take more than a week to complete because then the students begin to lose motivation and they won't be able to make the connections necessary. It all depends on the project and the students.
I am excited to give this a try to see how the students do on this. I want to work on developing a pre/post assessment to see what the students know and then they can see how much they have grown since they did their own research. I'm excited to do this more frequently. However, the only problem I see happening in the near future is the lack of technology.