How can we, as teachers, make sure our students learn all the skills required in the actual labor marked?
How can we teach them 21th century skills, like adaptability, critical thinking and problem solving?
During the new edition of the course “Introducing Project Based Learning in the Classroom”, which took place in Palermo from 19/06/2022 to 25/06/2022, we tried to give an answer to this questions, exploring the power of Project Based Learning method.
The participants came from Iceland, with Sif, Sigrún, Ingunn, Guðjón, Gylfi, Kristrún, Sigrún, Vaka, Valdís and Víðir, teachers in the school “Kársnesskóli”.
During the week the teachers had the opportunity to build real projects to test with their students. Step by step we introduced new elements, so that each knowledge acquired on the PBL method was linked to a new element to be added in their projects.
After analyzing the main features of the PBL method, we tried to understand together how to build a driving question, how to define learning goals and learning outcomes, which is the power of mini lessons, which kind of assessment methods are useful in this approach and, finally, which ICT tools can be used to motivate students and promote their creativity.
We did not miss moments of confrontation, teamwork and fun: through games and group activities we discovered what are the fundamental elements to prepare the class: creativity, inquiry, team building and team working.
The theme of the week was also to become aware of the new role of the teacher in the PBL method, which becomes a facilitator of learning. The learning process starts from our students, and we, as teachers, need to make them the main actors in this path, guiding them in the process of making questions and finding answers.
During the course, we also had a driving question: how can I create my own PBL plan?
Piece by piece, I hope we found your “unique” answers together.
Now it’s your turn! We are curious to find out how you will develop your projects in your school, and what creative and unique results will produce your students.
Hoping to welcoming you again in Palermo,
Discover more about this course in: https://www.erasmustrainingcourses.com/project-based-learning.html
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