Project-based learning, a unique experience.
Written by Lea VanHook
Project-based learning (PBL) has been a part of many schools and classrooms for years now. Many schools are also looking into shifting into more of a PBL structure in their classrooms. According to the National Education Association, “Project-based learning started back in the early 1900s after John Dewey had supported ‘learning by doing.’” This is a real crucial part in Project-Based learning. Learning by doing encourages the student to establish connections not just inside the classroom, but out in the community. Also, it helps encourage the student to develop skills to address real world issues that will be in their workplaces and in everyday life.
Faith Brings worked on a really interesting project on Technology and Global Interdependence With Archaeology Technology. “For this project, I researched about Global Interdependence and focused on how archaeology plays a role in it all. My visual aid was a global map with strings showing how artifacts and tools move from one country’s border to another,” says Brings.
Project-based learning can look differently from student to student, but typically there is an essential question the student is working on answering. They work independently or collaboratively on answering the guiding questions. The student or group sets goals for themselves. This creates responsibility for the student or students because the student set these tasks and is responsible for achieving them by the set date. Because the student or students is taking this responsibility, the project they are working on the project becomes student-centered