Australian teacher Jenny Luca provides an unusually lengthy and detailed account of her venture into PBL with fellow teachers and her class. What I find so interesting is the way she weaves together her personal experience with numerous resources that others will find useful. I also enjoyed how Luca discussed using the Future Work Skills diagram (above) with her students as a springboard for timely reflection. -JL
"What’s been incredibly encouraging is the spoken feedback I’m getting from students. I’ve heard some say they are enjoying the challenge of thinking, of directing their own learning, of working with people they don’t normally mix with. One student stayed back after class to tell me how much she was enjoying learning this way and that she’d never thought it would be possible to work like this in an English classroom. Many are excited about their ideas and are genuinely interested in seeing them come to fruition and sharing their artifact with others. Most of them have structured manageable tasks, but some have been ambitious. I’ve made a point of saying to them repeatedly that it’s the collaborative work and process that is important here, and if what they come up with falls short of their plans due to time restraints, it’s still possible to do very well on this task if they have done what is expected from them. As teachers, we decided to weight collaboration most heavily for their assessment and the students know this. They’ve been provided with the assessment breakdown so they know what they are working towards."
Via Jim Lerman