My project page can be viewed here- https://sites.google.com/view/standrepbl
My self-evaluation rubric can be viewed here- https://docs.google.com/document/d/18fzSGJTa6G0Go-J2n0ff23E6RcMzZh9scX1KFwP2c28/edit?usp=sharing
Final ReflectionWhat do you know or understand best about Project Based Learning? What do you understand least?
What I understand best about Project Based Learning is the importance of student voice and choice, authenticity, critical thinking, and collaboration. When I work on something, I like to break it down and try to pull out the why? Meaning, why are we doing this in this manner? Why are these aspects of PBL important? I find it interesting that if you look at PBL on a fundamental level, it is modeled after real world experiences. Most successful people are successful because they are confident in their problem-solving abilities, can make informed decisions, and they are able to communicate and/or collaborate both effectively and efficiently.
What I understand least has to be the pedagogical side of PBL. I understand the structure, but I feel as though I would struggle getting up in front of a group of teachers and facilitating this project. I attribute that to the lack of time I have spent teaching in a classroom. I look at great teachers teaching students with admiration, that is a skill that I lack confidence in.
What did you expect to learn in this course? What did you actually learn? More, less, and why?
I expected to learn about PBL. I think we did, but beyond that, I think that we learned how to integrate PBL into our instruction in a way that is not only effective, but also in a way that promotes PBL as a alternative to traditional instruction. I don't know if I had ever realized how transformational PBL could be.
What will you do with what you have learned?
I will pass it on. I am not in the he classroom, but I do help planning and implementing professional development in my district. I already have some teachers that are actively using PBL in their classes. I hope to have the opportunity to work with them to promote PBL districtwide.