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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.
Free Course: Get Ready for Student-Led Project-Based Teaching in 5 Easy Steps
What is Student-Led Project-Based Learning?
The idea behind student-led project-based learning is that students themselves design and lead personalized PBL experiences.
Students might design projects around a specific subject or theme or around standards or targets. Or they design project-based learning experiences around their interests.
Regardless of what sparks or frames the PBL experiences, students are doing the designing, planning, and managing.
So if the students are developing and directing the learning experiences, what does the teacher do?
The short answer is that they mentor, coach, guide, and facilitate learning experiences.
What Does Student-Led Project-Based Teaching Entail?
It’s important on so many levels to be ready for that experience; to be ready for student-led project-based teaching, guiding, mentoring, and facilitating.
What Does it Mean to be Ready for Student-Led Project-Based Teaching? Ask Yourself the Following Questions:
These are all elements of student-led project-based learning that I have ready BEFORE starting any project-based learning experience with my students.
I take action on these FIVE elements before I start any new learning year or session that will include student-led project-based learning.
What are the Benefits of Preparing for Student-Led Project-Based Teaching BEFORE Implementing the PBL Experience?
Having your student-led project-based teaching ducks in a row prior to PBL experiences themselves will help you and your students feel more confident and less overwhelmed.
As an educator, saving time is critical. Student-led learning in itself naturally saves you time, as you no longer spend hours planning lessons.
Instead, you can head home from school or walk away from your homeschooling learning day and enjoy the night. You can walk your dog, watch a movie with your family, cook an awesome meal, or sleep!
Preparing for student-led project-based teaching before you head into the new learning year or session saves you even more time.
Flying by the seat of your pants can get exhausting as you're constantly trying to pick up the pieces from unorganized and unstructured learning experiences.
Having systems, routines, materials, and more in place right off the bat saves you from those experiences that inevitably cost you time and energy.
Not being ready may lead to confused kids, and therefore, apathetic, nonproductive, low-quality project-producing kids.
I don’t want that! I know I don’t want that because I’ve experienced it.
I have spent the past 14 years refining my student-led project-based teaching approach so that I walk into excited, productive, and high-quality project-producing students that are clear on the process and the expectations.
And I want to share that with you!
Free Course: Prepare for Student-Led Project-Based Teaching in Five Actionable Steps
Are you ready for student-led project-based teaching in your classroom or homeschool?
If not, and you want to be, click on the image to access my short and free course all about readying your student-led project-based teaching plan.
This free digital course is less than an hour long. It offers tips and suggestions for preparing yourself, preparing your students, and readying the learning space for a successful year of student-directed PBL.
It is comprised of five videos, and each concludes with an actionable step!
Free Mini-Course Sneak Peek!
Student-directed project-based learning is such a powerful and life-changing experience for everyone. Getting started on the right foot gets all of you to that point sooner!
I have been doing project-based learning with self-directed learners for over a decade, and I’m still in it because I’ve seen the results!
I’ve watched my students take ownership of learning. I have observed them on the path to developing the skills required to manage life’s many projects. I’ve witnessed my students develop deep, lifelong connections to the community. The list goes on.
So grab access to that free course! Because, really, what do you have to lose?
Let’s do it! Email anytime with questions about the free digital course on student-led project-based teaching, or questions about project-based learning in general.
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Sara Segar, experiential life-science educator and advisor, curriculum writer, and mother of two.