Times are changing at a very fast pace. Everything is changing. Everything has become so dynamic. However, our education system has many flaws and over the years has not changed much. It has remained relatively the same but teaching patterns are changing with time and technology. In this blog, you will understand everything about project-based learning.
Schools encourage teachers to experiment with their teaching style and teach students with more innovation. Students of the next generation are very smart. Hence, they need to be taught with smartness.
What are the smart classes?
As a result, this gives rise to smart classes. Almost all schools are implementing smart classes or must have by now. Gone are the days when teachers used to teach students passively. Previously, they used to lecture students for hours and expect them to soak information thrown at them.
Children used to sit there looking at the teacher and listening. It was hard to tell which student has soaked the information and which not. Similarly, some students just soaked the information and they would vomit it out in the same manner. There was no understanding involved.
In today’s educational environment, teachers are expected to work together with the students. Allow them to think critically, answer complex questions and together develop interactive projects for learning.
For this to happen, Many schools have taken part in Project-based Learning (PBL). This project allows teachers to expose students to 21st-century skills and allow students to engage with the curriculum.
Many people always resist change. Hence, making a shift from traditional learning to this project-based learning can be challenging. Also, it requires a lot of preparation work on the part of the teacher.
Firstly, a teacher needs to understand the project fully and how it works and later prepare it for the students.
Students must find this project fun, engaging and authentic. Because it is for the students to learn and grow. The achievement level of a student is immeasurable.
4 must-do Things in Project-Based Learning
1. Begin at the end
When teachers are planning this project, they begin with the end in the mind. What is the ultimate goal you want to achieve in the end?
Firstly, What content do you want the students to learn?
Secondly, What 21st-century skills do you want to impart?
Finally, what new information will be presented to the learners?
Planning the project takes the maximum time. Therefore, coming up with new ways to present information is challenging for the teacher. A lot of resources are available to give elementary, middle and high-level education. Project based learning gives the students the push to learn about a topic in depth.
2. Students develop questions
This project-based learning will help students to develop questions. Students are driving a lot of learning and teachers must facilitate to help them get their answers. Many a times, asking students to work groups can also facilitate better learning.
Generate questions and ask students for answers:
⇒ Give them a topic and ask them what they think about the topic. Ask them to brainstorm for ideas.
⇒ Write down their questions on a chart
⇒ Help students to use your model to develop questions.
Once students have got their answers, start with large content.
⇒ Give them practical training. Take them to the field. If you are teaching about the human body, take them to the nearest hospital, show them the skeleton system.
⇒ Invite experts to share information. Call students along with their parents.
⇒ Provide opportunities for students to engage with the content. This comes in the form of WebQuest, reading, online games.
This way you expose students to the bulk content and they get a better understanding of the project. They search for answers to their questions also. Project based learning will ensure that the concepts are reinforced.
3. Make students understand and think like an Expert
Take care of the students’ choice. Hone them in one aspect of the project they are more interested in. They will find everything about the topic.
If they are interested in landform they will explore all the answers. As a result, they learn critical thinking, problem-solving, flexibility skills. Project based learning can help a great deal in making students think outside the box!
4. Students Present, Publish and Perform
This is the end you were planning in the first step. In this step, you ask a student to share the information gathered by him/her.
They are asked to present the information in the form of models and other presentations. Also, invite other students and parents to see the presentation. Students’ performance is assessed.
Project-Based Learning is a fun way of learning where students get involved in the process of learning. They learn 21st-century skills. Project-based learning allows teachers and students to be creative, think about long term goals, applications.
As a teacher, you need to do a lot of planning and learning but it will be worth it for you and your students.
Happy Teaching! Happy Learning!