This week I found it helpful to watch videos. The reading gave good descriptions but I was still left scratching my head on how I could make PBL work in my classroom. I thought we had a great discussion on Twitter. I am so relieved that Amber reminded me we were hosting. Everyone gave such great ideas but I was still worried that there would not be enough of me to go around. After watching videos and seeing PBL in action I am more confident in trying to incorporate it into my unit.
I also read Kate's blog and I really liked that she talked how "the real world is not a place where all the answers are neat and tidy and all the instructions are included." I think this is a great reminder for me when implementing my PBL unit and reminding students that I don't have all the answers. It is definitely a shift in the way teachers were traditionally taught.
This week really made me realize the environment at our school and how some teachers still have the idea that education should always be neat and tidy. This is not the case. Problems are messy. In this mess students are required to organize this mess and make sense of it. I think I gained a lot of resources that will help me explain to teachers at my school the importance of changing our roles.
Students need to collaborate and I love that Kate mentioned how important collaboration is. She also found a great website with handouts to help students plan projects together. This builds in a scaffold so students know exactly what to do. She also mentioned how important rubrics were in defining what is required of students. I really like the idea of adding a behavior component to the rubric so that students know what effective collaboration looks like. Just because answers are messy doesn't mean students get to be all over the place as well.
PBL is a great addition to education. I can't wait to start planning my unit!