Date: December 8 – February 11, 2022
Course #: EDMA 288:819
Credit Hours: 3
Registration Deadline: December 8 @ 5:00 p.m.
How do we prepare students for the 21st century work place? How do we know what that will look like in our ever changing world? Students today may end up in professions that we haven’t even heard of yet! One method that leads the pack and allows us to tie together all aspects of 21st century learning and skills is project based teaching (PBT). We need to build a culture that promotes and respects PBT.
Project Based Teaching: Real Steps to Achievement will give participants time to explore dozens of project examples, plans and resources in multiple subject areas and grade levels. Guidance and insights on planning and organizing, meeting standards, developing activities, and assessing and monitoring projects are provided as we break down the process within a framework to ensure projects promote active questioning, curiosity, collaboration, coordination and plenty of trial and error opportunities for students to experience on their way to success.
By the end of the course, participants will know how to create engaging, quality projects and establish project based learning environments that will develop the skills their students need for successful futures.
Project Based Teaching: Real Steps to Achievement is a 3 credit hour course presented in a modified, self-paced format. Participants are expected to access the course and post regularly (at least once a week) and make reasonable progress, but there are no due dates attached to individual assignments. Instead there are 2 absolute due dates (mid-term and the last day of class) to provide flexibility and to better accommodate participants’ busy schedules.
Participants are required to create an account (free) on the Buck Institute for Education pblworks.org website to access resources used in the course and purchase the course text, Project Based Teaching: How to Create Rigorous and Engaging Learning Experiences (2018) by Suzie Boss with John Larmer.
Outcomes and Objectives:
By the end of the course, participants will:
1. Understand what Project Based Learning (PBL) is and why it is important to future success;
2. Understand how to develop a PBL classroom and culture;
3. Understand how to design a high quality PBL project; and
4. Understand how to align standards, manage activities and use assessments with PBL
Course Topics that Support Instructional Practices and Strategies:
1. Understanding what is needed to build a PBL classroom;
2. Understanding the essential elements of the PBL classroom; and
3. Understanding how space, culture, activities and standards fit into a PBL classroom.
Instructor Methods and Course Design:
This is a 3 credit hour course. Course goals will be met through instructor designed lessons and activities, supplemental readings, videos, reflections and discussion forums, examples, and opportunities for application and instructor feedback.
How Does This Course Support The Iowa Core?
The information and strategies presented in this course improve students’ opportunities for school and, ultimately, life success. This is a lofty goal that can be achieved through Project Based Learning. This class will focus on how to achieve and maintain a PBL classroom to advance learning and prepare students for the 21st century.
Iowa districts and schools provide a wide range of programs through a multi-tiered system of supports to help all students achieve the Iowa Early Learning Standards, the Iowa Core, and Essential Elements. Common elements of these programs include: effective, evidence-based instructional programs and interventions; differentiated instruction and intervention strategies; individualized supports, accommodations, and alterable variables to ensure access to instruction and assessment procedures and materials; evaluation of student performance and program effectiveness; and collaboration among educators, relevant agencies, and families.
In order for the educator to achieve the above satisfactorily, he needs to provide the best classroom instruction possible. This class promotes PBL and the many aspects of developing and maintaining it advantage.
This falls in line with the Iowa Core that states school preparation should produce the following:
1. Students who are college and career ready in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language.
2. Students who are proficient in English, language arts, history, social studies, science, and technical subjects in all grade levels.
3. Students who are proficient in 21st century skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, curiosity, collaboration and leadership.
Research Base/Best Practices:
The research-base for this course comes from the course text: Boss, S & Larmer, J. (2018). Project based Teaching: How to create rigorous and engaging learning experiences. Alexandria, VA: ASCD
*Completion of all Reflection Forums
*Participation in and completion of Discussion Activity Forums
(including original post and all required replies)
*Completion of all Assignments
*Completion of Project Planner
*Completion of Final Course Reflection
Boss, S & Larmer, J. (2018). Project Based Teaching: How to create rigorous and engaging learning experiences. Alexandria, VA: ASCD
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