This is a short article that is a good introduction to PBL, and a good reminder that you may not be able to achieve everything you want in the first instande - implications for teaching in general not just PBL.
Watch as Dylan Wiliam reviews the nature of formative assessment and how teachers can use it to gain better insights into student learning and achievement.
Cathy Dobbie's insight:
Dylan Wiliam has been referred to by Tony Laughland in several lectures, in particular reference to formative assessment. As I approach my second professional experince, I have note that this is something that I was not familiar enough with in my planning and programming last year.
For David Preston, the term “open source learning” -- a variation on inquiry learning or passion-based learning -- is about helping students choosetheir own learning path, an approach that already has some well-known champions among educators.
The association’s purpose, he says, would be “inviting people to the policymaking table that don’t normally have a direct voice. And I’m not just talking about learners and tech-savvy teachers and administrators. I am also talking about neurologists, leaders in the Internet culture,” and people across other contemporary professions.
This appears to be a development on the ideas of project based learning, a way of tapping into childrens own interest and field of knowledge in order offer rich, authentic learning opportunities.
Watching that spark of interest in children, when they are offered the opportunity to immerse themslves in something of sincere and personal interest, seems to alleviate many behaviour management issues that arise from a sense of boredom with the standard material offered to a class.
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