Things we need to think about as we finish up our projects and evaluate ourselves this week:
- What do you now understand best about Project Based Learning?
What do you understand least well?
- What did you expect to learn in this course? What did you actually learn? More, less, and why?
- What will you do with what you have learned?
This course has given me confidence in how I teach at this time. I have much to improve on, and new ways to get students excited. The foundation of my teaching, social-constructivism fits nicely with PBL. The curriculum that we use, creates projects teach unit. As I may not do full on projects each unit, we will do mini projects and I will emphasize more on the topics that are used to get students engaged in the topics we discuss.
I have never used rubrics in the past and will start using them more now that I’ve taken this course. I usually grade using only points to make it as subjective as possible. However, rubrics can make grading easier and allows students more say in what they want to accomplish. Also allowing them more information on why their grade is the way it is.
This fall I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with my colleagues. It seems my school is like a shell to PBL. We have the desire and the make up to use PBL, yet we don’t know quite how to make it work properly. Some of the teachers use similar styles of teaching, we just haven’t sat down to collaborate together on PBL and implementing it as a staff.
Here is my final project and my self-evaluation over the project I’ve made.