Project-based learning (PBL) is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. It is a proven strategy to help our students succeed in their quest for knowledge and proficiency!
In a failing and very expensive school system such as what is in Windsor, many parents are challenging the perceived "teach to the test" strategy. Perhaps a new and effective approach to teaching is needed.
Replace the traditional instruction most often structured to support teacher-directed instruction and student compliance. Implement effective PBL structure to facilitate student learning.
PBL requires teachers to work harder. The best teachers put in long hours planning for their classroom success: defining projects that are real-world, creating project teams and serving as a coach for the students. Often this additional effort goes unrecognized and unrewarded.
However, when the Windsor Public School state-ranking becomes admirable, the faculty will receive public accolades and gratitude. Project-based learning may be the tool our teachers need!
Edutopia Staff, 02/2008; "Project-Based Learning: Real-World Issues Motivate Students," Diane Curtis; Patty Vreeland on Project-Based Learning