So I am going to be trying project-based learning for the next unit in my Grade 12 history class. So far, I have had my students work on defining and designing their own assignments, so that they have choice about what they are going to focus on. Up to the actual assignment, I have been directing their learning via focused questions, textbooks, readings, group work and videos/documentaries.
The next unit focuses on science and technology in world history from
1500 to present. With such a huge time frame and the fact that the
course looks at the West and the world, it would be impossible to teach
deeply anything of real significance. Instead, I am going to have
students, in partners or small groups, research a scientific or
technological development that is of interest to them.
I am really quite nervous about doing this. I gained some confidence from reading Ted McCain's book, Teaching for Tomorrow
and the Buck Institute for Education's resources regarding PBL. I
found the Buck Institute for Education's online resources to be
See the link below for my unit. Any feedback is
appreciated. (Note: I prefer to use Google Docs, but I couldn't upload
the BIE's planner nicely into Google Docs because of the tables. Does
anyone know of a simple way to transfer Word tables to Google Docs?)
What have been your experiences with PBL? Do you have any suggestions or tips for me?