Course 4 Week 3: Does project-based learning have a place in my classroom? What hurdles do I need to over come to make it work in my classroom?
Reading Introduction to Project Based Learning helped me understand project based learning more in depth. The article states,
There is no one accepted deﬁnition of PBL. However, BIE deﬁnes
standards-focused PBL as a systematic teaching method that engages
students in learning knowledge and skills through an extended inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and
carefully designed products and tasks. This deﬁnition encompasses a
spectrum ranging from brief projects of one to two weeks based on a
single subject in one classroom to yearlong, interdisciplinary projects
that involve community participation and adults outside the school.
Guidance classes foster the inquiry process very easily. The way ASIJ’s curriculum is written with Atlas Curriculum Mapping also supports the inquiry process. Here are some examples of essential questions in grade 3 guidance classes:
- What kind of a friend am I?
- How can I make and keep friends?
- What kind of behaviors will get in a way of being a good friend?
- What kind of behaviors will help me make and keep friends?
- What does it mean to be a constructive community member?
- Why would I need to say “No” to my friends?
- How do I say “No” to my friends?
I can definitely see project based learning in guidance classes. Children are interested and fascinated with understanding human relationships, its ups and downs. Sounds easy, but trying something new can be messy at first, as explained in the article, Perfecting with Practice: Project Based Teaching. This article states, ” students may decide to head in directions their teacher never anticipated.”, and this is what I am most concerned about. It can throw me off when kids go somewhere I hadn’t expected at all. But that shouldn’t be a reason for not trying something new.
I haven’t figured out the particulars of how project based learning will be organized in guidance classes, but I suspect students will be able to choose kind of projects they want in order to answer questions they have about friendships, anger management, and refusal skills.
Kids, we will have fun doing projects in guidance classes next year!