Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today Through the Project Approach
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For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer

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If we zoom out from the Project Approach, we see inquiry based learning. Let's wonder some more about how we approach education. 


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Lori Rakes's comment, November 11, 2012 11:50 AM
I really like this! It made me think again that we may be spoon feeding our students and limiting their thinking. I would love to hear how teachers are actually doing this in their classrooms.
Hessa Alsuhail's comment, November 12, 2012 11:41 AM
Yes, we shouldn’t under estimate how well our students can think. Actually when we let them ask, we are letting their inner voices out!
This could help teachers think about their role in the classroom and in the lives of their students. Being a facilitator in young children’s classroom could make a huge difference in their journey of learning. It helps them pursue that journey using their created learning map guided by their inner motivation.
Kari Smith's curator insight, January 25, 2013 1:26 PM

Need we say more.... a great read to wonder more about our own approaches.

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Habits of Mind

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The Habits of Mind are defined as the dispositions that are skillfully and mindfully employed by characteristically successful people when confronted with problems, the solutions to which are not imm...

 

While exploring the Project Approach and inquiry-based learning, I run across this phrase often ("habits of mind"). Check out this short video clip to learn more and feel free to share your thoughts.

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Project-Based, Problem-Based, or Inquiry-Based Learning? > Eye On Education

Project-Based, Problem-Based, or Inquiry-Based Learning? > Eye On Education | Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today Through the Project Approach | Scoop.it
The following blog post was written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren Davis.
The Common Core State Standards place an emphasis on process..

After reading this opening line, I believe I need to learn more about The Common Core State Standards. Is there more than meets the eye?


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A How To Guide on Inquiry Learning - YourthLearn

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Are you interested in using inquiry based learning in your classroom but are not sure of how to implement a new program? This post discusses the importance of planning and takes you through a step-by-step look at techniques you will use to effectively implement inquiry learning. Many additional resources are provided.


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Science Education 's curator insight, February 10, 2013 10:26 PM

Teaching inquiry 

Peta Bubrzycki's curator insight, March 6, 2013 10:10 AM

this looks great and has some handy hints for children to understand the process they need to go through.

Marta Braylan's curator insight, June 1, 2013 2:26 PM

Inquiry Learning - the importance of planning step by step

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Framing & Connecting Learning: Essential Questions in Early Childhood | Sustainable Schools Project

Framing & Connecting Learning: Essential Questions in Early Childhood | Sustainable Schools Project | Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today Through the Project Approach | Scoop.it

"Essential questions are the framework for curriculum integration, providing a place to organize our enduring understandings and big ideas... They connect students to the processes of their place." (Hedstrom 2012)

 

When I think of the Project Approach, I think of exploring wonderings. This article clearly articulates the process of developing a question and integrating the curriculum.

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InBrief: Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning

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Want to explore brains??

 

This video explains the role of Executive Function in our lives as human beings. It also explains the importance of its development in the early years, particularly in regards to self-regulation. While reflecting on this video, I thought about how the Project Approach offers children multiple opportunities to develop and enhance their executive function.

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Apple - ACOT2 - Relevant and Applied Curriculum

Apple - ACOT2 - Relevant and Applied Curriculum | Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today Through the Project Approach | Scoop.it

When I look at this list, I think of what the Project Approach offers. I see this approach aligning with the needs of tomorrow. 

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“If we want young people to be prepared for a rapidly changing ...

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How do we best meet the needs of our students to best prepare them for the future? Even though this article is about Project-Based Learning, it offers valid points that also apply to the project approach. 

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Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning

RT @cmt1: RT @cmt1: How do I apply constructivism in my classroom?
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From Curiosity to Inquiry

The project approach fits under the big umbrella of inquiry. Check this page out for details on inquiry: what it is, the challenges, the experience, the skill. 

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Hessa Alsuhail's comment, September 26, 2012 8:22 PM
This article is one of the greatest sources included in your Scoop it page. It attracted me once I read the term “curiosity” and made me feel curios. I went through the process of wanting to know more and to look for answers. This curiosity guided me and I found myself learning while reading about how curiosity is the starting point of a scientific inquiry. Yes, I got what’s there.. our young children should be leading the journey of their learning in order for it to be a real learning journey.
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Active, Engaged, Meaningful Learning

Would you like some background information on Active Learning? Check this page out! It also contains links to very useful resources. 

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ScienceDirect.com - Cognition - The double-edged sword of pedagogy: Instruction limits spontaneous exploration and discovery

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BTJSchmidt_Ogu_Expanded.pdf

When teachers design an inquirybased curriculum grounded in documentation and reflection of children’s questions and ideas, it can provide a scaffold to support many learning styles. “[While] the traditional approach is sharply weighted toward the cognitive domain of growth, inquirybased learning projects positively reinforce skills in all three domains—physical, emotional, and cognitive” (YouthLearn Initiative 2008). By building on children’s prior knowledge and interests, teachers keep them motivated and engaged. As the Chinese proverb states, “Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand.” 

 

http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200903/BTJSchmidt_Ogu_Expanded.pdf

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May 2012 EL: Carol Ann Tomlinson

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In this video from the PD Online course Differentiated Instruction: Creating an Environment That Supports Learning, Carol Ann Tomlinson offers tips for setting up a classroom for more effective instruction.

 

The Project Approach and inquiry-based learning offer multiple ways to set up differentiated instruction. 


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Thinking Like Breathing | Thoughtful Learning: Curriculum for 21st Century Skills, Inquiry, Project-based Learning, and Problem-based Learning

Thinking Like Breathing | Thoughtful Learning: Curriculum for 21st Century Skills, Inquiry, Project-based Learning, and Problem-based Learning | Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today Through the Project Approach | Scoop.it

Thoughtful Learning: Curriculum for 21st Century Skills, Inquiry, Project-based Learning, and Problem-based Learning, including Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, Communicating, Collaborating, Building Arguments, Understanding...

 

Look at the process, emphasize the process. The project-based approach models a process. I wonder how we can emphasize process along with results. 


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Lissa Ledbetter's comment, October 24, 2012 2:11 PM
I love this! This is why the arts (typically thought of more highly related to creative thinking) are being seen, more and more, as an integral part of science and math (typically seen as a spot for critical thinking).
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Teaching Inquiry Learning

This is at the heart of the matter. Check out this clip from Australia that illustrates what inquiry learning is all about. At the 2 minute marker, there are four theorists featured: Dewey, Vygotsky, Piaget, and Bruner. This is a definite shift from the way we are used to instructing, but this is the way that opens up the possibilities of education. 


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Transforming our Learning Environment into a Space of Possibilities

Transforming our Learning Environment into a Space of Possibilities | Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today Through the Project Approach | Scoop.it

Check out this blog for beautiful visuals of what curriculum integration may look like through the inquiry-based approach (project approach, Reggio Emilia approach).

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Lissa Ledbetter's comment, October 16, 2012 9:32 PM
I love this! I like seeing the before and after photos. They really communicate the impact of a more Reggio-inspired environment versus our typical, American, primary-colored, commercial spaces. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief as I viewed the "converted spaces". I love the idea of acknowledging environment as the third teacher!
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Early childhood education has bigger impact on California economy than you think - California Forward Reporting

Early childhood education has bigger impact on California economy than you think - California Forward Reporting | Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today Through the Project Approach | Scoop.it

"Early childhood education has bigger impact on California economy than you thinkCalifornia Forward ReportingLooking forward we need to focus on early childhood education—for skills that are needed for the 21st-century workforce—cognitive skills,..."

 

*In light of this, the Project Approach offers multiple opportunities for students to engage in skills that are necessary for the 21st-century workforce. Because it is an approach, it does not have hard-and-fast rules to follow, nor a set curriculum. It is flexible and can be adapted to diverse environments. This article discusses California's economy, but these problems apply to the entire U.S.

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Emergent Curriculum/Project Approach | Nurturing Knowledge School | Reggio Preschools Seattle, WA

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Nurturing Knowledge School: Preschools in the Seattle, Washington area.
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Stefanie Lynch's comment, October 10, 2012 4:29 PM
I liked viewing this model. I liked how it illustrates the teachers role throughout the cycle, but also works the children into the cycle in a way different than most would imagine. "Children and teachers select together a direction of study", this may seem difficult and scary for some. The notion of letting the children be responsible for their learning means letting go of some of the power which can be a new phenomenon for some.
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Let the Games Begin | Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Our classrooms are traditionally fragmented and compartmentalized. This article points to the wholeness of education, the wholeness of thinking. One of the things I most enjoy about the Project Approach is the "wholeness" of it. When you study something, you study it thoroughly, deeply. 

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Lissa Ledbetter's comment, October 16, 2012 9:35 PM
Great article!!! Well said.
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Study: Young Children Explore as Scientists Do ... - Education Week

Study: Young Children Explore as Scientists Do ... - Education Week | Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today Through the Project Approach | Scoop.it
In the ever-increasing drive to start the college pipeline as early as possible, debate has been heating up over just how much academics and testing should be included in early-childhood education programs.
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Transporting a Classroom Towards Inquiry | Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration, and Play

Transporting a Classroom Towards Inquiry | Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration, and Play | Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today Through the Project Approach | Scoop.it

All learners are welcome in this environment! Teachers, it is up to us to think outside the box/the defined terms and parameters set for us in our schools. 

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Discovery, Problem and Challenged Based Learning

Discovery, Problem and Challenged Based Learning | Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today Through the Project Approach | Scoop.it

"It is my belief that educators must now consider how learning has changed  (if they haven’t done so already) and how they can adapt their pedagogies to facilitate the learning of our current and future students..."

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Lissa Ledbetter's comment, September 25, 2012 12:53 PM
Love this! Speaks to true "reform", in my opinion. Reform can't be building new layers on top of old foundations. We really need to re-envision the way we approach education, from the foundation up.
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Why do some projects work and others don’t? | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Why do some projects work and others don’t? | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today Through the Project Approach | Scoop.it

I highly recommend this book if you are interested in the Project Approach for your classroom. This link offers suggestions for how to pick a topic of study.

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Stefanie Lynch's comment, September 18, 2012 2:11 PM
I enjoyed reading this excerpt. I loved how Katz and Helm compare project work to a journey. I think that if we viewed learning as a journey we would see more teachers using project approach because it fits more appropriately within the classroom than skill and drill. Project work creates excitement within students, however, it also creates excitement within teachers. I appreciate that some of the difficulties of project work were mentioned. As with most anything there comes challenges, but these challenges can be transformed into reflective growth.
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The Project Approach and the Early Learning Standards

Check out this page to see many resources for meeting today's standards through the project approach.

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