PLC-F Agenda: Jan. 19, 2012

SMART GoalThe PLC members will grow in understanding/proficiency for Project-based Learning and Balanced Assessment by engaging in regular lesson study aimed at achieving these objectives in the Learning for Life vision statement.

CHALLENGE: Collaboratively build an ORGANIZED PBL resource to be used as a “PBL menu of exploration” for our PLC lesson study (STEP 2 of 12-1-11 Challenge). [See 12-8-11 agenda and comments.]

  1. Review the PLC-F chart paper & Google Doc that contains our developing lesson plan for PBL. Flesh out the common lesson plan on Google Doc by utilizing the resources we are gathering and the pedagogy we are designing.
  2. Organize the “PBL menu of exploration” resources to align with the developing lesson plan – so that the asset we can use with the PLCs is built and complete!

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2 Responses to PLC-F Agenda: Jan. 19, 2012

  1. boadams1 says:

    We practiced doing Part I of our developing lesson study on PBL…

    What is PBL? PBL is commonly understood to mean project-based learning and/or problem-based learning. Some think it can also be an acronym for place-based learning and/or passion-based learning. I think it can mean all of those things, as I see them all as various shades of the same color or hue. In my opinion, before we reach elementary school age, we tend to learn through projects, as opposed to someone sitting us down and teaching us a subject. After formal schooling, we also tend to learn in more of a project-oriented way, whether we are talking about the efforts of our work place or our pursuit of a hobby or home task. Traditional school has seemed more of an interruption to this project-based way of human learning. In PBL, students and teachers learn by engaging in challenges, projects, community issues, etc. There tends to be more student choice and subjects can become more easily integrated by thinking of the disciplines as various lenses through which to look at the project.

    Why is PBL part of L4L? PBL is part of learning for life because PBL tends to be a more active, participatory way of learning. Much research and practice has been added in to educational understanding in the last 20 years, and we know that PBL engages learners at a deeper level than what can be called repetitive sit and get. PBL models “real-life” more accurately. PBL can create more relevance for student learners. In web 2.0, PBL allows learners to be more creators, not just consumers.

  2. Jennifer Lalley says:

    What is PBL
    Project/Problem Based Learning begins with a “need to know question” generated by an individual or group of learners. Within the framework of a practical application, the learners seek to answer a question or tackle a project. In essence, needing to know means that the answer will have some kind of real-life or immediate application.

    Working collaboratively, the learners determine steps on the path to answering the question. Ideally, PBL provides a medium for essential learnings or learning targets predetermined in a course. By allowing a space for voice and action, PBL is interactive and responsive to student voices. It also provides opportunities to give systematic feedback along the way to solving the problem or finishing the project. It requires engagement from all participants as well as evidence of progress and learning.
    It requires a deconstruction of the course…

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