Sunday, October 19, 2014
Blog Post #9
Reading the article on the "Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning is a great way to instruct students in the learning process. I believe taking these seven steps will really help keep kids motivated to learn and show what they have learned to whoever will listen.
Being a teacher that asks the right initiation and engaging questions can really get every child involved and excited about learning. I can see where students seeing that their teacher is stepping back and giving them the freedom to do their own research with all the technology available to them can make the difference in the enthusiasm of the student. Having students researching, testing and drawing conclusions on their own is a great step in developing the essential skill of solving problems on their own. I can also see by having the students present their work to an audience can really make them take more pride in their work and do their best. This I believe is a great way to really boost a child's confidence in the learning process.
Watching the video on Project-Based teaching Learning for Teachers you can see how PBL can engage the students to go over and beyond whats asked of them and keeping the learning positive. It showed how you can teach the PBL style and still teach all the core standard that the students need to know. I do think that giving the student's the reigns for them to do all the research they learn far more that The teacher telling them.
In the Video What Motivates Students in the Classroom many students are asked to expressed what motivates them. One student stated that having positive feedback is important. In my own personal experience when all you hear is negative feedback it drains the excitement out of what you are doing and you dread all of it. Students can be corrected by being positive about how you go about correcting them. Another student stated that his mom takes away his baseball games which he loves. This is a great motivation because the student will want to do their best to be able to do what they love. I also believe as a teacher that if you can find the motivation triggers of each of your students you can effectively keep the students engaged in all learning processes.
Watching the video "Wing Project: Crafting A Driving Question teachers had a goal to develop a driving question that would engage their students to discover their own answers by exploring all resources to solve. I can see how it can be hard on the teachers that have been teaching in the same style for many years to be able to come up with projects easily. I agree with the pairing of the ones that have the experience to those who don't is a great way to accomplish the goal at hand. A great driving question can really spark the learning processes and give the students the urge to do their best and want to learn.
My favorite video was Students solve the Case of the Watery Ketchup. This is a great example of Project-Based Learning allowing the kids to take the driving questions, the time given, and technology available to come up with the solution to the problem before them. You can see that they really had a lot of fun and really to pride in the solution they had.