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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) pose many challenges for educators. The change to fewer, higher, and clearer standards calls for deeper study of fewer concepts. The other key change introduced by the CCSS, is the focus on preparing all students for college and careers when they graduate from high school. Since the Common Core standards call for more student focus, responsibility, and independent learning, educators must rethink their curriculum and methods of instruction.
Project-based learning (PBL) is a well-researched pedagogy that supports the implementation of the CCSS. PBL encourages student-centered learning. Planning for and executing projects that students choose and construct requires a level of autonomy that many students, as well as teachers, may be unprepared for. Although, once students embrace PBL, teachers will see them highly-motivated and doing important work around issues that are relevant to them.
In this course, you will learn how to prepare your students for PBL and guide them through the process. You will come to understand the roles that teachers and students play in planning for and conducting project-based learning experiences. The importance of assessment, formative and summative, to student success in PBL is emphasized. And the key motivational elements of PBL, including student voice and choice, creation of products, and presenting findings to an authentic audience are described in detail.