This week we were tasked with completing the processes of our projects, including the culminating activity on our products and performance page, the differentiated instruction portion on our student learning guide, and the reflection methods in the products and performance page.
We were also tasked with including a Web 2.0 tool in our project. As I have stated before, I have included a task in my project that requires the use of the WeVideo creation tool to create a reflection video once the project is completed. WeVideo will be a powerful tool for not only the teachers to use in their own project reflection, but also to create media for their class, or to have their students create media content.
In the forum, we were asked a series of questions regarding criticisms we may receive when implementing a PBL project. The questions and my answers are as follows:
What are some potential criticisms that you might receive from administrators, parents, and colleagues?
I think that the biggest criticism that might be received will relate to the time commitment to the project that teachers will have to make. Though teachers generally complain about how dry and boring traditional professional development is, the fact that this project will take place over a period of 6 weeks and requires some work on their part will lead some teachers to criticize the process.
How will you respond to those criticisms?
I would respond to these criticism by reminding them how much they hate traditional professional development. I think that if we treat this project as a test and provide a good support structures, the teachers will be thrilled with their final products and the added reflection process will leave them feeling empowered. Hopefully, that will shoehorn into not only to them embracing a new form of PD, but also lead them to embrace PBL in their classrooms.
What rationale can you give for incorporating PBL into your repertoire of effective instructional strategies?
Incorporating PBL into my repertoire of effective instructional strategies will be valuable as a means to provide instruction that is engaging and builds soft-skills beyond the content that is covered in the given instructional lesson.