Hi Folks! Kim here from The Learning Hypothesis. It is time to start prepping for back to school The end of July in my area brings back to school to the forefront because the kids will be going back to school as early as August 1.
I’m a procrastinator at heart and always seem to be shocked when it rolls around to this time of year. Now this year is a bit of an exception because I’ve been working on tweaking units for the upcoming school year.
Have you considered a shift to PBL?
What are my changes? I’m incorporating project based learning (PBL) activities into the year. At the end of last year, I started using PBL with my kids and we loved it. You might check out this project based approach to math.
This is a recent project on wind turbines.
What kind of projects can I use in project based learning?
The key is that you want them to be authentic. It can be tricky to implement, but well worth it. It also gets easier the more you do – and I plan on doing a lot more this year. I think the key is to incorporate project based learning into your curriculum you are already teaching. In other words, it is one of the ways that you teach – not making it a special piece outside of your normal standards.
If you’ve been considering using project based learning this coming year, don’t feel intimidated. Just start small and go from there. Not sure what kind of products to have students create?No problem!
Sometimes I think the hardest part is brainstorming ideas for the product that is created during the course of the unit. I’ve made a public product menu to make it easy. This menu has 16 product ideas for you next PBL unit.
Interested in grabbing this menu? Click here.
What are you thinking of adding to your classroom this year?
Looking forward to a great week,