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Presentor, Lisa Parisi, encourages teachers to "stop being the expert" during project learning activites and watch the kids take charge of their experience as the"experts".
Parisi acknowledges the problems of project based learning - noise, messiness, clutter, etc. and details a plan for an effective PBL activity without the typical hassels. She advises:
Adequate planning to have all facets of the experience covered and all students remaining involved
Developing a rubric which details specific behaviors, expectations, and procedures for the activity. The rubric is used for both an evaluative tool and as a guide for the project process.
Keeping the project simple is the next management tool Parisi explains. Each student or group in the class should do the same thing - i.e. a podcast or a a voice thread...)
Keeping a "Tool Kit List" or a file of the tools used for each project, as well as the students who have become extremely proficient in certain tool skills is very important. "That way, the teacher is not called on as the expert all the time and is free to assist and facilitate in other ways. Also, other students/"experts" gain confidence as leaders, and the students who need help are more apt to seek help from their peers.
This appears to be a strategy most teachers would find helpful, and I believe they would use it over and over after the initial success of the PBL activity.
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