I have been a high school experiential educator for over a decade, and my dominant approach has been self-directed project-based learning. Students design and execute their projects from start to finish with my guidance. But it's not perfect. That is the reality.
One of the most common questions that I get is if I could show some real examples of project-based learning in action; examples of PBLs designed and led by students.
This blog post does just that. Keep reading to take a look at project-based learning examples designed and executed either by my high school students or my own elementary kids at home.
I heard the word "senior project" the first day I walked into my classroom as a first year teacher. Senior projects, although they took many different shapes over the course of my career, were highly emphasized at my school.
We always implemented a senior project of some kind. The school never wavered on that, and I never questioned it because I witnessed senior projects to be one of the most amazing college and career readiness strategies for our students.
One of the most important aspects of project-based learning, especially when student-led, is PBL culture-building.
Developing an amazing project-based learning experience is an achievement and feels good, for sure, but that PBL design is only a dream if PBL culture isn’t part of the equation.
Student-led project-based learning is a fantastic approach for any classroom or homeschool. The benefits are enormous. Learning is personalized, exciting, real-world, and offers a portfolio of 21st-century skill-building opportunities.
But what does the teacher do, and how do you prepare for student-led project-based teaching? Learn how in under an hour and take immediate actionable steps with my free course!
Get ready before you start student-led project-based teaching so you can cruise later.
Project-based learning is powerful and potentially life-changing for learners, offering them the chance to experience deep and meaningful learning experiences while also building essential skills.
What is project-based learning? What is self-directed learning and how is self-directed project-based learning different than standard PBL? Why is self-directed project-based learning important for learners?
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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.