Are you looking for an awesome way to engage middle and high school students in Earth Day? Take a look at these Earth Day project idea driving questions. Give Earth Day an exciting and real-world twist with project-based learning!
Are you a parent, teacher or student looking for some plant science fair ideas that are easy and engaging for everyone involved?
It doesn't have to be hard, it doesn't have to take a ton of time, and no one has to be a professional scientist or even a trained science teacher to do these plant science experiments and projects.
Check out some of the plant science fair ideas here to make your lives a little easier. Build a plant science experiment or a research project around the ideas offered here while still making them your own!
Spring is the perfect time of year for citizen science! It's warming up outside, students are getting antsy and exhausted, testing is underway, and breaks are badly needed.
On top of that, things start to get active in the world of wildlife, especially in temperate regions like Minnesota. Animals emerge from hibernation, migrating species begin their long journeys to their summer sanctuaries, and it's breeding season for many organisms.
10 Inspiring Women's History Project Based Learning Ideas to Celebrate Women's History Month
So you’re looking for activities for women’s history month, but wonder how you can make them experiential? Women’s history project based learning is the way to go!
There are so many history project based learning activities for Women’s History Month, and I will offer some of those ideas right here in this blog post.
About ten years ago I picked up a book called "Half the Sky". Within the first chapter I read this quote: "More than 100 million women are missing..." at any given time. This is because of trafficking, gendercide, domestic violence, etc. This quote, and this book, really struck me. I mentioned it, and the PBS documentary that goes along with it, to a few of my high school students.
They were interested, largely because many of the issues resonated with them personally. These students led project-based learning experiences on some of the issues and shared their final products with the school community.
I often get asked about tips for helping students build self-direction skills. Teachers commonly enter the world of student-led learning inspired and confident but quickly discover that many of their students are unable to self-direct, and that can be frustrating not just for you but for your students as well.
What Does the Teacher do in a Successful Student-Led Learning Classroom Environment?
A student-led learning classroom environment looks different than a traditional learning setting, including the teacher's role.
But what does that look like?
If you’ve been following along with my self-directed learning series, you know how fantastic it can be for both students and teachers. The desire is there to get students out of their seats and engaged in activities and learning experiences that they care about.
How nice would it be to have a student come to you and say that they want to learn more about this or that? That, my friend, is what student-led learning gets you; the desire to learn.
But what does that look like? What is an example of self-directed learning at play? Let’s take a look at some real examples of self-directed learning in the classroom and at home that will make you want to get started right now!
Student-led interest-based learning is the process of learners developing and leading their own learning experiences that are designed around their interests, passions, values, culture, and more. But what does student-led interest-based learning look like in a classroom learning environment? Let's take a look.
How to Discover Interests with Learning Activities and Interest Surveys for Students
The prospect of student-led learning can feel really exciting, especially if students have the space and freedom to choose their own topics and direction based on their interests.
But what happens when your students say “I don’t have any interests”?
To provide innovative educational resources for educators, parents, and students, that go beyond lecture and worksheets.
Sara Segar, experiential life-science educator and advisor, curriculum writer, and mother of two.