Schools’ programs are full of projects and initiatives that aim at teaching in a more innovative and involving way to our students. Most of the time, though, it just becomes tiring extra work for the teachers and impersonal activities that students don’t even enjoy. How can we implement projects in a way that is fun and motivating for students, and at the same time efficient for the teachers?
With this question in mind, the new edition of the course “Introducing Project Based Learning in the Classroom” took place in Tenerife from 01/05/2022 to 07/05/2022. The participants came from all across Europe, with Nancy Decaestecker, Tania Vanherck from VTI Zee Brugge in Belgium; Einar Rafn Thorhallsson, Olof Bjorg Bjornsdottir , Arnar Steinn Fridbjarnarson from Menntaskólinn við Sund in Iceland; Hanna Thell, Johan Holm from Oestervala School, Heby municipality in; Léder Emese from Kassai Úti Magyar-Angol Két Tanítási Nyelvű Általános Iskola in Hungary; Izabela Bogacz-Sośnicka, Elżbieta Szymak, Janusz Uznański from Zespół Szkół Samorządowych w Sułkowicach-Łęgu in Poland; and Carlos Filipe Martins Dias from Agrupamento de Escolas D. Sancho I in Portugal.
In the first days of the course, participants explored the main concepts related to Project Based Learning, focusing in particular on the 5 key elements of PBL and using case study videos to trace them in the project presented. Quite spontaneously, they quickly came to the realization that PBL is not like doing any regular project, but rather a defined teaching approach with its own rules and methods.
What made learning really effective for our participants was the possibility to start creating their own project during the entire week. Every day, after discovering a new part of PBL implementation, together in group they had the possibility to design their own project targeted for their student’s age. This was a good exercise not only to clarify any doubt that might have later popped out while creating a project on their own, but also to have the chance to brainstorm ideas and confront them with colleagues from other countries. This final outcome encouraged a great sense of achievement… and a personal vow to give the project a try when back in their classes!
Discover more about this course in: https://www.erasmustrainingcourses.com/project-based-learning.html