March 6, 2012

Top 5 reasons you need project-based learning

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A Results Only Learning Environment is built on project-based learning. We collaborate daily in my classroom, and students work on year-long projects.

Here are the top 5 reasons you need to convert to a project-based class, if you haven't done so already.

5 - Project-based learning eliminates rows of desks. Pods of desks invite cooperation, which helps build a community of learners.
4 - Students take ownership of projects. Have you ever seen a student take ownership of a worksheet?
3 - Projects make it easy to throw out homework. Students enjoy projects, so they will choose to work on them outside of school. So, there's no need for useless homework.
2 - When students collaborate, discipline issues vanish. When students are actively working on an important project, in which they take pride, they become too engaged in the related activities and classroom management is never an issue.
1 - Projects help students develop a thirst for learning. Enough said.