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How Does Project-Based Learning Work?


"We've got to know the curriculum. We've got to know the standards inside and out. Even though it looks like the kids are doing all the hard work, there's a lot of planning that goes on behind it to make sure that the work is there for them." -- Patty Vreeland Kindergarten and first-grade teacher Newsome Park Elementary School Newport News, Virginia Project-based learning, as with all lessons, requires much preparation and planning. It begins with an idea and an "Essential question" (, © Jamie McKenzie). When designing the project and the Essential question that will launch the activities, it is essential that one remember that many content standards will be addressed. With these standards in mind, devise a plan that will integrate as many subjects as possible into the project. Have in mind what materials and resources will be accessible to the students to assist them. Next, students will need to be given assistance in managing their time -- a definite life skill. Finally, have multiple means for assessing your students' completion of the project. Did the students master the content? Were they able to apply their new knowledge and skills? Many educators involve their students in developing these rubrics. Steps for Project-Based Learning Essential Question Plan Schedule Monitor Assess Evaluate

  • Cataloged: 2004-10-16
  • Publisher: The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Source: The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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