Project Based Learning

Curriculum driven by Pro Ject structure, typically inter-disciplinary


Buck Institute For Education

The Coolest School In America ISBN:1578861861 about the creation of the EdVisions Minnesota New Country School

I'm not a huge fan of the book Reinventing Project Based Learning.

Jeff Robin of High Tech High on the importance of Planning, Management, and Exhibition.

Aug'2011: Jane Krauss is Crowd Sourcing "ProjectSketches".

compared to Problem Based Learning.

Hmm, I wonder whether a Project needs to be Iterative so the student can "try again".

  • at the very least, every Project should have a Post Mortem for Reflective Thought on what possible next steps might be, or what problems/challenges were hit, which ones may have been avoidable, how one might totally re-do given that hindsight, etc.
  • Apr'2012 thought: should Projects be specifically designed to be Wicked (at least after a few years of "normal" projects)? That guarantees non-formularity...

Yet, in Raising Kids, there's nothing I dread more than a danged Project. Why is this?

Likewise, until maybe Business School, I found "Group Projects" to be a pain. Why?

  • again, same old boring outcome, only bigger/messier

  • output hard to separate-then-reintergrate, so too much coordination hassle

  • any Real Time coordination a hassle to schedule/follow

  • dealing with variable efforts or outcomes per individual a nasty thing for a kid to deal with

  • Dec'2011: Bryan Caplan thinks scoring changes can solve the problem. Interesting comments.

I've started to collect Stimulating Learning Projects.

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