Six Essentials for PBL
1. Create teams of students (3-4) to work on an in-depth project for three to eight weeks.
2. Introduce a complex entry question that establishes a student’s need to know,
3. Scaffold the project with activities and new information that deepens the work.
4. Calendar the project through plans, drafts, timely benchmarks,
5. Have the teams make presentations to an outside panel of experts drawn from parents and the
6. Provide timely assessments and/or feedback on the projects for content, oral and written communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and other important skills.
Original Source: Edutopia-Project-based learning teaches kids the collaborative and critical-thinking abilities they’ll need to compete
Author: Bob Pearlman
Why Teach with Project-Based Learning?: Providing Students With a Well-Rounded Classroom Experience
Project-based learning helps students apply what they learn to real-life experiences and provides an all-around enriching education. Read More
Your brain on culture
The burgeoning field of cultural neuroscience is finding that culture influences brain development, and perhaps vice versa.
When an American thinks about whether he is honest, his brain activity looks very different than when he thinks about whether another person is honest, even a close relative. That’s not true for Chinese people. When a Chinese man evaluates whether he is honest, his brain activity looks almost identical to when he is thinking about whether his mother is honest.
Ariel Braunstein knows a little something about video. He cofound Pure Digital, maker of the popular Flip video camera, which landed in the hands of millions of consumers.
This time his goal is providing software to help teachers produce effective video lessons and students discover and learn from them. Read More
Read about a new approach in student engagement: What is the flipped classroom?
A reversed teaching model that delivers instruction at home through interactive, teacher-created videos and moves “homework” to the classroom. Moving lectures outside of the classroom allows teachers to spend more 1:1 time with each student. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and work through problems with the guidance of their teachers and the support of their peers — creating a collaborative learning environment.
There is no Common Core for Science. The new standards will be called The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Same same but different!
COS MESA Community College student selected for NASA program
College of the Sequoias freshman Isis Frausto-Vicencio of Exeter and Dr. Robert Urtecho, dean of math, science and engineering, appeared today on KSEE (NBC) 24′s ‘Central Valley Today.’ 3/22/12, College of the Sequoias Public Information Office
Educators in Brazil have embarked on a liberal-arts curriculum that includes language, mathematics and statistics, humanities and the arts, the natural sciences, and the biological and health sciences as an experiment for recruitment and meeting the educational needs of an extemely diverse student population. They posit that disadvantaged students needed to learn more about abstract reasoning, the natural world, quantitative and qualitative research, and other subjects they would otherwise never encounter. Below are two perspectives; an administrator and a student in the program.…..
“These kids haven’t seen great films, they haven’t read great literature, they don’t speak foreign languages,” Mr. Knobel says. “I think it will open doors and broaden horizons.”
“The most difficult thing is adapting to the pace, to the demands, being in class all day long,” says Ms. Valeria, recalling her first year. “At school we studied five hours a day. We are here from 10 to 6. There’s a lot of reading and a lot to take in.”
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Tacoma MESA students, teachers and parents had a fun STEM experience at the Pacific Lutheran University this past Tuesday, March 27th. The students presented their capstone projects in Digital Media, Engineering designs and in communication. Several students also demonstrated their pilot prosthetic arm devices. Congratulations and “Well Done” Tacoma MESA staff. https://sites.google.com/a/plu.edu/tacoma-mesa/
This Saturday March 24th 2012, MESA students in Vancouver will showcase their efforts in design engineering during the annual MESA day at Clark College Vancouver. A great place to observe PBL and student engagement in action.
See you there!