You’ve heard it for years now, “Your students should be involved in project-based learning for ultimate success.” They keep telling you that without really showing you how! I mean, what does project-based learning really mean? What does a project-based learning classroom look like? Does it mean that after every unit, you assign a project choice-board or a fun activity that gets your students out of their seat? I mean, that sounds pretty good and students get results, soooo…?
Not exactly. Then, what is a project-based classroom? I’m going to rip the band-aid off and give you the honest truth...for most classrooms, it means rethinking our units from a teacher-centered approach to a student-centered approach. In the middle school language arts classroom, you utilize a student-centered approach to reading units where students explore a topic through questioning and research throughout the entire unit. Students formulate authentic questions about their reading and explore real-life challenges and problems. They create real world projects throughout the entire unit with authentic audiences.
Are you still with me?? Don’t leave me just yet. I know that is what you have heard over and over again. So, let me help you understand this concept in your classroom better with these 5 keys to project-based learning.
At this point, your head may be spinning. You read those 5 keys and get what I am saying, but how do you implement it? Let me help.
Project-based learning solves the dreaded-"Why do I have to learn this?"
Develop life long readers and learners because they are always asking questions!
Make definite connections to reading!