Data from a Google Form survey given to students at the conclusion of the project. Very interesting findings, especially with regards to motivation and engagement from a student perspective.
This is a link to our Progressive Era PBL Project Wikispace. At the top of the “Home” page you will find links to example PSAs that we showed the students as examples for them to analyze. **There is a very basic “Example PSA Analysis Handout” in a Scribd collection that I have already posted a link to in this blog.
Also there are a list of links for each of the topics to help the students on their way with regards to researching their topic.
Lastly, if you click on the “Top 12 PSAs” tab on the right hand side you can see the Top 12 student-created PSAs. These were voted on by the students. These were the 12 that were sent on to Steve Croley for his review.
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This is a link to the collection of Project Related Documents from our first PBL Unit at West Ottawa High School (WOHS). This project was done with 9th grade US History students. See more details in my next few posts of the final products, the demographics and background information, student surveys after the test was over, etc.
I have been neglecting this blog for some time. The last 6 months have been a blur….I got married, got a new job, moved TWICE, bought a house, went on a 13 day trip to Europe (part of which was a presentation to a group of teachers from all over Europe, the US and Israel). Plenty to write about, NO TIME TO DO IT. This is an attempt to get caught up to where I am now, give an update on the new school I am teaching in and the challenges that I am currently tackling and then subsequent posts will be on a few PBL projects that I have been working on including a current project in which my 10th grade World History students are finishing up. As in the past I will post as many of my resources as possible, as well as any data that I have been able to collect from students, staff and adult partners.
As I said previously, I have left Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies in Detroit and am currently the newest Social Studies teacher (teaching 9th grade US History (Industrialization to the Present) and 10th grade World History) at West Ottawa High School in Holland, MI. I am literally about as close to Lake Michigan NOW as I was to the Detroit River when teaching in Detroit. Some of the big differences between the schools:
**As a side note, one thing that I am sure I will refer back to is that there is a very surprising amount of misunderstanding surrounding PBL here. Granted, I came from a school where this was supposed to be all that we were doing. However, its not that the teacher’s don’t have a clue what it is, but rather its that they THINK they DO know what it is and just don’t quite have an understanding of it yet. They are more in the “desert project” phase instead of full fledged PBL. My department chair and I will be leading a few sessions at a staff run PD in February that we are calling “PBL: Fact vs. Fiction” or something to that effect to try and clear up some of the discrepancies surrounding staff interpretations of PBL and “reality.”
As I said above hopefully over the next few days I will be posting links to my Scribd account to all of the different documents for the PBL projects I have done in my classes as well as student survey data and general reflections on what I have done. One thing that I am VERY excited about is that I am pretty sure I will be able to start teaching the same classes for a 2nd time for the first time in my career. Which means I will be able to look back at these reflections and use them to make the projects better next year.
A description of the work our class of Teacher Fellows with The Henry Ford did this year!
"Epic" doesn’t even do it justice….the kid on the left is also participating in a belly flop contest at lunch today….He assured me that all of his hair would remain on during the competition! #lovemyjob #decadesday #gowo #epic (at West Ottawa High School)