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# EDCI397 Project Based Learning

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## Project-Based Learning in Math: 6 Examples

Project-Based Learning in Math: 6 Examples

Via Sophia Vitilio, Nicole Liebler
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One subject I personally find it more difficult to discover project-based learning tasks for is math. This article provides a few different examples of projects you could incorporate into your math curriculum!

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Different ways to incorporate PBL with geometry. Fun real life examples that can make math meaningful.

Imon's comment, February 21, 2014 4:09 AM
I am an elementary education major with a specialization in math. So this article was especially interesting to me. Also when I was younger geometry was the hardest for me to understand. I can remember countless nights staying up studying with my father trying to not only memorize formulas but understand the meaning behind them. This article was helpful and gave me ideas for activities that I would use in my classroom. When I was in grade school I don't remember doing a lot of the activities that are now offered through project based learning. And these activities even helped me have a better understanding of concepts. I think that it is good that these activities are offered now. I think this will help improve the efficiency of learning for students.
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## Project Based Learning: Explained. - YouTube

The Buck Institute for Education commissioned the cutting-edge advertising agency, Common Craft, to create a short animated video that explains in clear lang...
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This video presented by the Buck Institute for Education was an illustrated video on what exactly project based learning is. It shows a very strong contrast between classroom that use lectures and examinations to educate students and project based learning. Within this video,the illustrated Mr. Simmons used the fact that many of his students were sick as a prompt for a class project. He split the class in groups and allows them to discover how to stop the sickness from spreading in the class and to present their findings to their peers. The video showed that each group went in different directions, finding different information and presenting in different ways. In the end, the students remembered the information they were taught in class rather than forgetting the information they studied for their tests. I thought this was an extremely well thought out video that clearly explains what project based learning is. I think it addresses a big problem that the education system focuses today. Teachers rely to heavily on examinations for assessments. Students learn the material that is covered on the exam simply to do well on the test rather than to learn the information in general. Meaning that most students forget the information they studied after they have handed in their exam. This is obviously not ideal as educators should want their students to remember the curriculum and use it in their everyday lives. Through the project Mr. Simmons did students would be more likely to remember the information they gathered during class. He was able to relate the assignment to the situation occurring in class making the project more relatable for the students encouraging them to work hard and have fun. Because their projects were more guided by themselves and their peers rather than Mr. Simmons they were able to research what interested them. As the students were able to study what attracted them they were more likely to remember the information presented during their project.

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## The Differences Between Projects And Project-Based Learning - Edudemic

There's a big difference between using projects in the classroom versus project-based learning in the classroom. What are those differences, you ask?
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After learning about Project Based Learning in EDCI397, I struggled to understand what the difference was between a project assessment and project based learning. Through this chart I was able to grasp the difference between the two. Many of the items that stuck out to me I intend to incorporate them into the projects I assign in my classroom to ensure that it is not just an assessment but is used to encourage learning. For example, one that really stuck out to me is that for project based learning it needs to be applicable to the real world. Thinking back to the projects I was assigned in elementary school, many of them focused on the curriculum and material that had been presented to me in class. It never involved real life skills I would use later in life. In my classroom, I hope to use the projects to further enhance my students understanding of the material and curriculum but also to teach my students about real world skills. Another item that really stuck out to me was that project based learning allows students to make their own decisions. The projects are considered to be "open" and allow the students to determine the outcome of the research. I think this is a really important quality because it allows the students to research and investigate what interests them and what they are curious about learning. It allows the students and the teacher to go beyond standardized testing and common core and encourages creativity and self-learning. Finally, according to the chart, project based learning needs to be "relevant to the students' lives." In my opinion, this is the most important quality of the projects. Projects should be intensive and time consuming so it would unproductive if the project did not present skills and information that the students can apply to their lives and future. I think all projects and other assessments need to have some aspect of relevancy to the students lives. I know I will work hard to ensure that my students are continuously given assignments that encourage them to expand their knowledge on things that are relevant to their daily or future lives.

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## Students Carve Cultural Connections -- and a Canoe

Students Carve Cultural Connections -- and a Canoe
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## Project Based Learning | New Tech Network

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This video portrays a teacher, Megan Pacheco at Napa New Tech High School on how she incorporates project based learning in her mathematics classroom. The majority of the projects that were discussed in the video are not projects that I can bring into my classroom because they are too complex for the students I intend to teach. However, the ideas and concepts she talks about within the video really helped me further my understanding of what Project Based Learning is. Pacheco makes a very interesting point about her teaching style. She says that as a teacher she always wants to help her students but has to restrain herself to help them learn it on their own. I thought this was important because it shows how much she relies on the independence of her students to learn and understand the material. I also think this is something I will struggle with as a teacher because I love to help others. It is definitely something I intend to work on. The project portrayed in the video was to create the most space effective box for mini Oreos. What really stood out to me was how engaged all the students were throughout the video. It was evident that they all wanted to learn and have a successful product at the end of the day. During the debrief Pacheco was able to discuss with her students what they experienced during the day and how it helped them further their understanding. I was pleasantly surprised with how willing the students were to share their stories from the day and how interactive they were in the discussion. Pacheco also mentioned that she got most of her ideas from textbooks. I thought this was fascinating because I would never associate project based learning with a textbook. However, she claimed that using the applications taught in textbooks as inspiration are helpful in creating Project Based Learning lesson plans. I thought that was an excellent idea that I hope to use in my future classroom. Through this video, Mehan Pacheco reminded me how math can be fun and exciting and I hope to create the environment that she did in her classroom in my own. As Pacheco said in the video "math doesn't have to be dry and boring, there are applications for math, thats why math exists."  As teachers we need to show our students these applications to get them engaged and excited about math!

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## Tips for Using Project-Based Learning to Teach Math Standards

Editor's Note: Andrew Miller is a consultant for the Buck Institute for Education, an organization that specializes in project-based curriculum. He also creates curriculum and instruction at Giant Cam
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Math has always been my favorite  subject and is definitely the subject I most excited to teach as an elementary school teacher. It is my emphasis as an elementary education major. This semester is my first in college that I am not taking a math course and I wish I had the ability to take on as an elective. However even with this excitement for math, when discussing project based learning in EDCI397, I realized I never associated this practice with my favorite subject. I was able to imagine the use of project based learning in my classroom with english, social studies and science but for math it seemed more difficult. This article helped me realize the immense amount of opportunities I have to use project based learning in mathematics. What I found most interesting was how the author redefined the "math problem." Instead of a math problem either being an equation or word problem, Miller thought of numerous questions that incorporated real world situations that could be used for project based learning in a classroom. The idea he proposed that I would definitely love to use in my classroom is "what is the most cost effective design of our classroom?" I really enjoyed this particular question because my class will be in a classroom the question is more tangible. Additionally, it teaches the students not only about money but also about how to be cost efficient and the importance of money in everyday life. As Miller claims in his article "the old definition of word 'problem' is not rigorous." Miller shows that through project based learning, teachers can make mathematics more than just about the numbers.

Danielle Howard's comment, February 21, 2014 12:05 AM
Math is also my favorite subject and area of emphasis. I have also noticed the lack of math examples in discussion of PBL so it was exciting to find an article that addressed the two. Since we use math on a daily basis, there are several questions that we could use to drive a project. I also think it would be beneficial to have math be a critical part of a math, science or social studies project as well. Recently, I have been thinking about projects related to economics as well. This article talks about how the Common Core wants to apply math to real-world problems but, as Dana said, we can take this a step further. Instead of doing problems about made-up situations, we should come up with problems and projects that kids are experiencing at that moment, like the square footage of their own home or calculating a GPA.
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## Using project-based learning to engage students with politics

Teacher John Bosselman explains how he devised a cross-curricular challenge – spanning citizenship, literature and art – to help students engage with complex social issues
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