I personally really like this article because it helps to distinct projects from project based learning, which I think can be very important for someone who does not know much about it or is just learning about it. This really shows the differences between how a project is just something that is done for a grade and does not have as much relevance where as a project based learning project has relevance and is stimulating. I really hope that the more I learn about project based learning, the more I will be able to incorporate it into my future classroom because this article proves to me how important it truly is.
Before reading this article I thought the easiest ways to introduce project based learning into the classroom was with social studies or science but this article has really opened me up to see how math can very easily be project based. This article also gives six useful examples that one could bring back to their classroom to try. I hope to do my best to incorporate project based learning into all of my classes when I teach, but this really gives some good insight of how to do so with geometry!
I can easily say that although I am currently enrolled in an assessment class, I never thought of the challenges in assessment with project based learning. Since our world is becoming more technology based as time goes on, I really thing that teaching and assessing 21st century skills are very important. If we want our students to be globally competent, they will need these skills, and will need to keep up with them to be successful in a global world. I think it is always important for goals to be set. This being said, I think it would be effective for students to set goals as they work on their PBL work so they can revise appropriately so their final product is up to par. I also believe that it is beyond important for whatever a student is doing to be meaningful to them. Personally, I put more effort and have more passion for what I am working on when I have an interest for it so I would want my students to do work that is meaningful to them. A personal drive will allow for a thriving classroom. One other part of PBL I see as challenging is how to use this type of learning while still having to prepare students for standardized tests.
I personally really liked these tips and will definitely be using some of them in my future classroom. I actually really thought it was different and liked that one of the tips was to make it a safe place to fail. This is because I feel like everything about school is always about getting good grades and students feel ashamed to get a bad grade, especially a failing grade. This makes it very important to create an environment where it is okay to fail.
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Being a future teacher, I know how much the job pays and also that a teacher has to pay a lot out of pocket for her classroom and materials. I found this super helpful for creating a cozy classroom climate on a budget!
Creating a certain climate for the classroom is very important to show that learning is and will be highly valued. By having quality relationships, a smooth running classroom, and having personal development for students as keys, these can help to create positive classroom climates. This is a climate I would want to have in my classroom because I believe that it is best for students to learn in a positive environment.
This article gives some free websites that students can use for project based learning assignments. They all make projects easier for students to put together and to get to from different computers. In a way this makes me think of my personal learning network with the free ways to share ideas through the internet. These resources all seem very useful for a project based learning classroom and I cannot wait to see how they will grow and expand by the time I have my own classroom.
I have talked about the notion of "classroom teacher" vs. "school teacher" in posts before, and have begun to rethink this notion. ….
So now I have started to think about the “global teacher“. The global teacher has the best elements of the classroom and school teacher, but their focus is on “what is best for kids”, no matter if is their own kids, kids in the school across the street, or across the ocean. They got into teaching because they love students and want to help every single one of them, no matter their situation or location. They care for the kids in their classroom, they share openly with others in their school and connect with kids, but want to make things better past their own situation. They inspire change whether it is with one classroom in another school, or thousands. They also tap into others and bring the best to their students. The more we look at what others are doing, the better we can become for the students closest to us.
Just based from the title of this article, I have to say that if a goal of ours is to inspire globally competent students, then we as teachers have to also be global. Based from this article, it tells that not only the students should be contributing, but teachers should also be contributing and making a difference for others. I believe for this to be very important and hope that if teachers want their students to be globally competent, that they too take a step in the same direction.
I personally thought this was very interesting for several reasons. One reason being that the students were doing the teaching. Growing up, I was always helping others, helping 'teach' them things that they did not understand, and this ended up giving me an even more understanding then what I already had. I think it is really good for students to do the teaching because it really gets them involved and interested in what they have to learn.
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