Project-Based Learning

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. 

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