Our Late Start Professional Develoment focused on Project Based Learning/PBL this year. A teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. We hope to provide you with with better understanding of the essential role of student voice in the PBL classroom.
What is Project Based Learning?
What is Project Based Learning (PBL)? Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Elements of PBL and Buck Institute for Education (BIE) BIE.org
What PBL is and is not
Show your work - Interdisciplinary Lesson (International Foods & Video)
Children's Picture Books
Grade 10H English students created children’s books under the topic of acceptance. This project started with a class discussion and activity about stereotypes, bias and ignorance. Students expressed many concerns about how they are categorized in high school, their community and the world, but they felt stuck when it came to actually trying to change the problem. They were left asking, “Now what?” Following the steps to incorporate Project Based Learning into the classroom, Ms. Foley asked her class for some project ideas—what could they do to confront stereotypes and send a message of positivity? All fifty students agreed that writing a children’s book and then reading it to our elementary students in the district would be a great start. Books are currently being published through Lulu.com and will be paid for by the Endowment Fund.
Redesigning lesssons with PBL Essential Elements, Google Apps for Education and showing Project
Enginnering to the Future/ETF Class - STEM - Andy LeBlanc @AleblancNRSD1 redesigned a unit on called Rocket Recue hyperdoc. This guided student learning and checked for undertanding prior to the rocket launch!
School Community Partnerships & Schools - Project Based Learning
Marketing Community Patnership / MCP course is structured on Marketing and Entrepreneurship principles while emphasizing techniques and principles of human relations, leadership, public relations and business communication. Students work in project based learning / PBL teams to meet with outside groups and group within our school to engage in business ventures and community service. Students then present at the mock DECA showcase to parents, school and community members.
Culinary Arts Program works with the World Famers organization for an integragted cooking lesson.
The art of cooking integration, is used to enhance student content knowledge and support a real world need for students. Students find joy and appreciation for the art of cooking and connecting with community.
CONNECTING IMPORTANT LOCAL TOPICS TO THE COMMUNITY WITH VIDEO -PSA ON ALLERGIES
When our school wanted to address Life Threatening Allergies, Donna Linstrom the Coordinator of Health and Wellness contacted the Video production class and met with Julia Wachtel to brainstorm about the message they wanted to deliver. This was a perfect example of PBL addressing all the elements of Project Design. Students interviewed planned, revised and created a video featuring the dangers of Life threatening Allergies for broadcast annoucements. It was shown in all three towns in the distict and shared with the local access channels
Showcased to all schools in the district and local TV stations for a more gload audience