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Diary of a Project Based Learning Lesson - Day 1

As I shared in my last post change was going to keep coming into my classroom as I have decided to move away from lecturing as much as possible. In order to prepare for the lesson I had told them to log in onto their accounts (which we had used together as a class before) and create a map and figure out how to share it with their group members. Those who did so were ready to begin their projects today but I heard a lot of whining from those who had not done it. This was my favorite: "You didn't teach us how to share the map." I told him the point of the assignment was for them to figure it out ( they simply had to click the really big 'share map' button and follow the simple directions) I told him he should have done it himself, and he argued but how can we do it if you don't teach it to us??? The whole idea that I was expecting him to think on his own seemed totally unfair to him. May I suggest that the unfairness lies in that we have taught him too much? Everything has been a passive receiving of information and the results? A 16yr old that cannot figure out how to share the map.... well he's in for a wake up call because at least for this week he's in charge of his learning.

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Comment by Carmen on March 1, 2011 at 9:10pm
Thanks for the comments, I appreciate the support as I get my feet wet with PBL (although it feels like I jumped in the Pool)
Comment by Sheila Miller on March 1, 2011 at 8:20pm
I too agree with where the unfairness lies. Our students have been on the receiving end of information delivered and regurgitated back to teachers in this very narrow and structured format. What an adventure your students are in for! Here's to the "whiners" becoming cheerleaders!
Comment by Ellen Petra on March 1, 2011 at 6:14am
I would have to agree with you that there seem to be a large number of students who believe that it is the teacher's job to shove the information down their heads.  I have to keep reminding my students that I am here to facilitate their learning.  They just want to know how I can facilitate an A into their report cards.  Your PBL will be an awakening for the students who want their learning spoon-fed to them.  More power to you, Carmen!


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