These are the main ideas of yesterdays’s session with Sheila Taylor about Project-Based Learning (PBL) in the CLIL classroom:
- Most teachers carry out projects in their classrooms- but PBL gives some kind of structure, coherence to them.
- PBL relies on a variety of inputs and resources.
- PBL should create the need to learn.
- Once the project starts, students are in charge; but there’s a lot of planning before the project is launched on the part of the teacher.
- PBL doesn’t evaluate only the end product: both the process and the product.
- Publishing and sharing the product increases motivation, and gives the project a purpose.
- In PBL there is no failure: there are plenty of opportunities for revision, edition…The product shows what students CAN do.
- Make the project relevant to their lives, now.
- Give them models for their products, and let them know about the rubric the teacher is going to use from the beginning- otherwise, it wouldn’t be fair.
BTW, do you remember this picture? It might be deceiving: Kids using smartphones in a museum: more than meets the eye.