Note: Some of my products have some “out there” ideas. Make sure to look at the preview before purchasing. Everyone's classroom is unique and while these lessons work within my classroom, that may not be the case in another’s room.
"These are the days it never rains
but it pours."
Under Pressure (Queen and David Bowie)
In essence, project-based learning is an educational opportunity geared towards the learner. In contrast to typical classroom instruction, project-based learning provides the autonomy for students to investigate a topic worthy of in-depth investigation. By creating some manner of final product (i.e. video, model, performance, etc., students get an opportunity to showcase their learning process. Furthermore, students often have more “buy in” or are motivated to higher levels because of the freedom offered to them. Overall, by taking part in investigations, dialogue, peer review, students are continuously building and acquiring additional knowledge.
The Holocaust - A Project Based Learning Opportunity
is a project I use within my class with great success. Keep in mind that as the educator, you must be willing to relinquish control when it comes to the product creation. Once you've given the "go ahead" on the group's proposal form, the ball is in the hands of the students. However, you may be pleasantly surprised when the student's minds are not limited to strict expectations!
While certainly up to the educator, below is the process order I like to follow while taking part in the Holocaust Project Based Learning opportunity. Keep in mind the estimated month long teaching duration is for the completion of the product. The Guiding Task portions will not take this long, on their own.
1. Setting the stage
2. Guiding Task explanation
3. Guiding Task 1 (building a background)
4. Guiding Task 2 (visible learning to enhance learning)
5. Group teams and assign roles
6. Create Entry Event
7. Product planning
8. Product Proposal
9. Product development, collaboration, discussion, and peer reviews
10. Live for Today
11. Extension Possibilities (if educator wishes to do so)
Included in the Guide →
4 - 10 21st Century Skills/Standards Met
11 About Project Based Learning
12 Quick Start Guide
13 - 14 Setting the Stage
15 Explanation of Guiding Task
16 - 20 Guiding Task 1 (Building a Background)
21 - 44 Guiding Task 2 (Visible Learning)
45 - 53 Group Roles and Responsibility Forms
54 The Entry Event
55 - 56 Peer Review Form
57 - 59 Product Planning
60 Proposal Form
61 Live for Today
62 Extension Possibilities
63 - 73 Rubrics
As an educator, if you're comfortable in truly allowing your students to take part in something special, while encouraging them to use 21st Century Learning Skills, this may be what you're looking for.
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