The project is submitted for grading! I almost wrote that it was “complete”, but I know it will change. It might be “complete” for this class (I aimed to meet all the requirements), but I know that some aspect of it will change once I implement it in class. That’s one of the main things I learned about PBL, they are always changing. I think with every week’s assignments, I went back to a previous week and changed things.
What do you know understand best about Project Based Learning? What do you understand least?
Throughout this semester, I really get how PBL needs to be authentic. Real skills for the real world will create that intrinsic motivation in the learners. Something that I’m still wrapping my head around is how to accurately grade the group’s culminating product, but also single out individuals for an individual grade (this is something that I discovered as I was self-evaluating my PBL). And as always, standards are super important and should drive everything, but I will still struggle to make sure everything is meeting all the standards. It takes work, but it’s good work.
What did you expect to learn in this course? What did you actually learn? More, less, and why?
I thought this class was about making better projects! Luckily, it was way more than that. I honestly had no idea about PBL. It’s a process with structure and a lot of planning. So, I learned way more than I expected.
What will you do with what you have learned?
I’m going to use this PBL either this Fall semester (if there is enough time to make this big of a change), or in the Spring semester (that might be more realistic). At our work, we’re always encourage to share new things that we learned. I might do some type of PD on PBL, but I’m not sure how I could do this in a condensed format. Who knows? But that big thing is that I can now create PBL’s for my class! Good luck to everyone in the following semester!
Here is a link to my PBL site: http://ritcheypbl.weebly.com/