This article gives us the insight of project-based learning at the home. Since schools are trying to shift from the traditional way of teaching to project-based learning, are instructors for homeschooled children going to change as well? In this article, it discusses how valuable mistakes are to children. As adults, we should encourage children to be flexible, and be willing to take action whether he or she might be wrong. This is important for project-based learning because there are certain lessons where children are required to play certain roles and characters to experience real life situations. I chose this article to scoop because we learned about project-based learning in class, and how it has been spreading among classrooms. Although project-based learning is very hands-on, and collaborative, I would like to investigate further on the perspective of project-based learning in a homeschooling environment.
Through a project called Knowledge in Action, researchers at the University of Washington have been exploring whether project-based learning can help high school students with diverse learning styles understand content more deeply in advanced placement courses.
Ashley Kim's insight:
In the beginning of the video, it discusses the life of a student who dropped out of high school. Even though he dropped out, he still attended his AP Government & Politic class. He felt as if he had a designated role within the classroom learning experience due to project-based learning. Project-based learning allows ALL students to participate. When project-based learning was placed in schools with lower social economic status, problems arose. There were students with low levels of reading comprehension, teacher readiness, and student participation. Therefore teachers came up with a project that included everyone. The project was to see how families impact the environment. This allowed students from all social economic classes to have an active role within the given project. Before, AP classes were traditional in which the lessons were based on lectures. Now, students are able to play different roles or characters in real life situations. It allows them to be personally invested within the class, which even makes the students not want to leave. For example, in the AP Government & Politics class, one student played the role as editor of the Washington Post, while another student played a member of Congress. I personally enjoyed this video a lot. I believe that by placing students in certain situations definitely enhances one’s perspective and cognitive abilities. I also enjoyed how all students were included in project-based learning. Every student should have an equal opportunity to learn and grow within the classroom. I will definitely use this example for my future classroom.
People start businesses every day, but how do they succeed? In BizWorld, students will understand what it means to be an entrepreneur. In this project, students work in teams to form friendship bracelet companies. They raise capital (not actual money, but in a scenario) by pitching to venture capitalists and selling stock and/or by taking out bank loans. The teams travel through the entire entrepreneurial cycle of designing, manufacturing, marketing and selling their bracelets. The project culminates with the Sales Bazaar, at which students perform commercials they have created for an audience of schoolmates and community members, and sell their wares. Throughout the project, students maintain careful financial records, which help in the end to evaluate each company’s value.
Ashley Kim's insight:
A great way for students to engage in the classroom with the purpose of becoming a future entrepreneur. Students work in groups for their very own friendship company. By selling these bracelets, students are able to present their product in front of an audience while keeping financial records. The financial records allow children to keep track of their company value. I really enjoyed this project because it allowed the students to place themselves in different roles that they may be in the future. I also think that this project can influence a student's life dramatically. It can make a student really passionate in an occupation that they might've never thought of. If a student does not want to be involved in school, this project-based learning can make students see education in a different light.
This image illustrates what project-based learning can do for a student. Project-based learning allows students to actively engage within a project that they care about. It also enriches students for the future. I particularly enjoy how this image shows different elements. For example, on the left hand side, there is music playing. On the top of this image, there are shapes with mathematical equations. On the right of the image, there are pens and a notebook. This image gives the audience an insight that a project-based learning lesson is not centered around one subject.
Find project based learning lesson plans and teaching resources. From project based learning biology to project based learning history, quickly find lesson plans that inspire student learning.
Ashley Kim's insight:
This is a great website to go to if you are having trouble finding a project-based learning lesson with any subject. I think it is very important to have resources to review and even enhance. Resources provide a guideline of what people want to do with their lesson plan. I definitely will be reviewing this website when planning for my future classroom.
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