Aligned Thinking and Learning
focusing on thought to more deeply learn content. The big emphasis here though is that there is intentionality in planning on the part of the teacher/facilitator about the thinking and learning, whatever that may be, that students will need to know and demonstrate understanding of in order to complete the project and challenge.Project is intentionally designed to solicit thinking around desired standards, content, & skills students need to know.
Project provides multiple opportunities & need for high level questioning by students & teacher.
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Project challenges students to create products for real world purposes & audiences.
Project provides opportunities for student voice & choice in the process & product.As Daniel Pink notes so eloquently notes in Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, if you want commitment and engagement, not just compliance, self-direction is better. As teachers and students grow in a PBL environment this is a culture shift where teachers are increasingly releasing "control" and becoming more of a facilitator. This autonomy can show up in a number of ways including allowing for increased student inquiry and choice over what to investigate, how to uncover the necessary learning as well as the ways in which they will show they know and understand.
Project guides teaching & learning using purposeful formative and summative assessments.may in fact be questions, not always just answers. It can also originate from multiple sources including self, peers, outside experts, and of course teachers.
Project provides opportunities & reason for students to create craftsman-like products.We want students to produce high quality work and thinking but how often do we provide them with authentic challenges that they see as worthy of refinement and improvement outside of pursuit of just a grade? Quality project based learning empowers students by engaging them in processes of reflection and revision as they seek to improve their products to meet the needs of an authentic audience instead of just playing school.
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