In Blog Post #4 I discussed and shared a series of videos by Anthony Capps and Dr. Strange. In this newest addition to their series of discussions Anthony Capps updates us on his experiences with project based learning in his third grade classroom and responds to some of the EDM 510 Blog Post #4 questions.
Link to Audio Update: Anthony Capps and Dr. Strange
10 things I learned about project based learning from listening to the Anthony Capps update?
- Get the students involved in developing each stage of the project.
- Give students choices so they can pick what is most interesting to them.
- Give students assignments in chunks so they do not become overwhelmed.
- Pace yourself and the students, add one new piece of PBL or technology each week.
- Model the technology and then let the students work together as a community to help each other.
- Use the technology, don't just teach it.
- Kids love audiences (even a stuffed animal). Other ideas for audiences: neighboring classes (same grade, older or younger), groups, partners, parents, blogs, visitors to the school.
- Parents feel uncomfortable when their child is not making an A on a project, so it is very important to inform parents how PBL is assessed.
- Engage students by making projects and the essential questions relevant.
- Schools do not transform to PBL overnight, it takes administration support, teacher pioneers, and training for all teachers.