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My first Project Based Learning adventure – Part 4 – Reflection

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Reflection. In all seriousness it is more than likely to early to say this first foray into Project Based Learning was a raging success or even close. However given my experience for the first 9 weeks of this term with this class it was a raging success. Whether that was because they were given something different to the normal research, writing mode or they were actually interested and engaged I cannot say.

Not everyone was fully engaged, this I was expecting; these are hard nuts and they will be harder to crack. Again though there is the however, there was no outright “I’m not doing this”. Instead of having to chase one incident after another around the classroom there were only a handful of times I had to question what a student was doing off task.

I allowed the students to choose their groups given that I set an exact task around a question. This is not true PBL. The groups went closely to what I expected, both the large groups have a god mix of doers and watchers as I call them. One group though thanks to a student who is normally a watcher has collected all the information his group needs about the Milling machine. This student was so pumped at the end of lesson he hung around for nearly half of recess to talk to me further about the project.

The idea of XP, Levelling Up and Prestige struck a cord with these students, many of who play Call of Duty the popular video game. Plus the knowledge that if they participate, contribute and explain what they did each lesson via their KWL they would earn an easy 10XP made sense to them.

I have to keep relating everything I know of this class to five lessons over this first term, only five. Of that five, four were hell one was acceptable.

So yes I am excited, yes I know it can all change next term. If I can catch 12 to 14 students with this change in this class, that will be success. As Dean and Bianca have been explaining to me, it is hard to drop everything and run with PBL and it is also hard to change 10 years of ROTE style teaching to which these students have become acclimatised to.

I am sure I have missed out plenty of information. It has been a very busy couple of days as you can see and so close to holidays I am feeling a little spent tonight.

Written by themolisticview

April 6th, 2011 at 11:40 am

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  1. You’ve got the bug now … the kids will catch it too. Love your honest reflection. Be prepared for further highs and lows … it’s a BIG journey ahead. Respect.

    bhewes

    6 Apr 11 at 12:37 pm

  2. Thanks Bianca
    It is fairly easy to catch the PBL bug. Even easier I think for practical based subjects. I have already started on my next project today for IST involving mobile phone apps. Watch out!

    themolisticview

    6 Apr 11 at 1:01 pm

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