Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Classroom or No Classroom?

My most significant "takeaway" from the video Project Learning: An Overview was how much students of all ages love hands on experiences. I have always been a better hands on learner and I was fortunate to go to schools that made hands on experiences readily available to their students. I know there are a lot of students out there that don't get all of those opportunities. Sometimes college is the first time students get to work in labs or are encouraged to go outside of the classroom to do an assignment that needs hands on experience. Project learning is a great tool to use to help students better understand a concept.

My elementary school was a science and arts magnet school and my middle and high school as well. I have always enjoyed the arts and science. These schools gave me opportunities to find what I really enjoyed. For science I didn't just read out of a book and do a worksheet. I was able to go to a science classroom and get hands on experiences and do project learning. As I got older I really appreciated the opportunities that I had being able to go to these schools.

I would love to be able to incorporate project learning into my classroom. I liked how students in elementary school were able to use laptops and research their own topics in class. I understand that doing project learning in your classroom can make it hard when grading students. I think that we should think out of the box as teachers and give our students as many opportunities as possible. I think that sometimes teachers tend to shy away from lessons that includes project learning or hands on because it includes more planning and preparation and is harder to grade.

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