My Project Work

My current project work is researching the PBL (project based learning) process at three levels, elementary, middle and high school. I am fortunate to work in an innovative environment that allows for me to co-facilitate pbl work at all levels 4th-12th grade.

What I have discovered this year is that I am really passionate about PBL work. Although I have known this all along being in an environment where the day to day reality allows for PBL work to occur fairly seamlessly is pretty amazing.

This year's journey has had some successes and some bumps along the way. I have documented the entire journey in another blog called "Two Educators, One Journey." The "Two Educators" blog consists of daily reflective posts not only on my PBL work but on the year in general.

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome."
Arthur Ashe

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

End of Year PBL Reflections

Project Based Learning Reflection (answer in paragraphs)

What did you learn?
  • I learned... (paragraph)
How do you know you learned it?
  • I know that I learned it because....
What got in the way of your learning?
  • Barriers to my learning members, my lack of ability to know how to find information,, no organizational schema...
What helped your learning?
  • facilitators, group members, background knowledge...
How did you feel about project based learning this year?
  • I felt...
What was your favorite project?
  • My favorite project was.

Why was it your favorite project?
  • ....was my favorite project because (paragraph)
How will you use what you learned this year to help you with next year’s project work?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

End of day reflection 3/16

Today I met expectations for my project work with the students.

Today I achieved my goals. I talked to everyone about their projects and have a pretty good idea of who is on track and who needs support.

Meets Expectations
  • Blog:
    • Completes a daily goal setting entry at the beginning of each PBL day.-did this
    • Completes an end of the day reflection entry at the end of each PBL day.-did this
  • Check ins:-NA today
    • Is prepared for formal check ins with facilitator which include:
      • project planning form check in
      • expert email check in
      • presentation check in
  • Pace:
    • Meets all assigned project deadlines.-did this
  • Collaboration:-N/A
    • Meets on a regular basis with group members.
    • Completes assigned tasks for group.
    • Maintains positive interactions with group members at all times.

  • Project:
    • Meets all expectations on project rubric.

Daily Goals 3/16/11

What are your goals for today?
  • My goals are to meet with everybody both in the morning and afternoon to see where they are with their project work.
What is your plan for getting today’s work done?
  • Check in with all students either via skype of in person.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Daily Goals 2/14/11

Today's Goals:

  • Check in students to: 1. make it clear that current PBL is due Friday and 2. help students identify what they need to complete in order to finish their projects.
  • Do a community builder with Telluride.

Monday, February 7, 2011

End of Day Reflection

Yay! I achieved my goals to day. Hot diggity dog!

Next steps are to look at group's pacing and take some of the lessons.

Today was a good day overall. I feel like the projects will be pretty much wrapped up by the end of next week.

Once lesson plans are done I think my next steps will be: to start making project plans for the rest of the year.

One small reflection is that I feel like as sad as it is the students that just take the lessons will probably be more aware of what they learned than students in the traditional class. I know the students engaged in the actual PBL work are learning more but what I am talking about is when they look at their classmate's work on standards. This probably does not make sense if you are reading it but if you are living the experience it really makes sense.

Daily Goals Monday February 7th

Daily Goals:

  • I only have one goal and that is to check in with every person today to see where they are in the process and help them figure out next steps as needed (some need no help others need lots of support).

Friday, January 28, 2011

End of Day Reflection

Today's goals:

  • Have at least two groups send OHpedia to experts today.-Goal Accomplished-one middle school and one High School group sent these off.
  • Conference with all groups on their writing/process.Got to most groups and ones that I did not get to Randy got to.
Things I am thinking about today:
  • I really enjoyed learning alongside the students today. It was a struggle to find some of the benchmarks. As one student put it "pbl is frying my brain!" Overall I am really pleased with the project work but a little apprehensive about next week in terms of staying connected to the students while we travel. However, I am also really excited about trying it out. Things are really clicking with the work.