I found this article on the website Education Week and it discussed 21st Century Learning. What makes this particular article unique is it draws upon different credible sources to get an idea of how they are viewing this type of learning. Some of the people that share their opinions are:
Founder and CEO, Center for Teaching Quality
Sarah Brown Wessling
2010 National Teacher of the Year
Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
Founder, Classroom 2.0; Social Learning Consultant, Elluminate
Clearly all of these people can be seen as excellent sources for commenting on this subject. They all have strong positions in one way or another within the education community. As a student preparing to go into the classroom, I am more likely to trust what they have to say because they have the experience to back up their points. Really a great article, take a look and feel free to leave some comments on what you thought.
Jackpot! I found a great resource that supplies hundreds of lesson plans that connect to different curriculums! I looked through a few of them and the lesson plans dealing with Language Arts and those were really concise and did follow along with the state curriculum what Maryland uses.
This page is a fantastic resource when trying to better understand Collegial teaching activities. This follows along closely with Cycle 3 and what it discusses!
Some common focus areas include:
- questioning techniques
- giving clear instructions
- managing group discussions
- assessing progress and giving feedback
- monitoring and managing challenging behaviors
- organizing group work or multiple activities and
- managing the materials and resources for complex classroom activities
While this is just a tiny snippet of what this page entails, I highly suggest taking a deeper look because there is so much information available!
I found this website that explains how to teach global awareness through different arts and crafts. I remember completing different assignments in art to represent different cultures holidays and how they celebrated their seasons. Not only are teachers applying project-based learning, but also spreading awareness of different backgrounds as well.
I was able to locate another source from EDUtopia in regards to Project-Based Learning. This page provides different workshop activities for educators to help them better understand how to teach PBL and provides many different case study videos. Lastly, there are professional papers written by different educators sharing their experiences with the teaching style and what benefits there were. The amount of information provided is a little overwhelming, but if viewed piece by piece, it will surely help you in the classroom.
Great page that explains seven different essentials for teaching Project-Based Learning!
1. A Need to Know
2. A Driving Question
3. Student Voice and Choice
4. 21st Century Skills
5. Inquiry and Innovation
6. Feedback and Revision
7. A Publicly Presented Product
One of my classmates posted this article. I think a student portfolio is such a great idea for any classroom. Not only is it a choice-rich project based on the fact that the students get to choose what goes into their portfolio, but it is long term. It allows children to look at their overall growth as a student in a years time and that can be very motivating for any child! Also it allows students to remember important information they learned because they can relate it back to a project they took part in. Great article. Thanks for posting it!