Problem Based Learning:
What types of professional development do you think you would need in order to successfully implement PBL in your classroom?
- Teachers need to fully understand what PBL–it is more involved than just solving a problem
- What you put into it, you get out of it
- Goes beyond the basic requirements of the standards
- Promotes student engagement because it is not boring, monotonous work
Why is collaboration important between teachers as well as teacher and student relationships in order for PBL to be successful?
- You have to build rapport and strong connections with your students in order for them to feel any pull or motivation to go beyond the minimum requirement
- Students have to feel like they can take risks and potentially fail and it be ok…or this type of learning is useless
I think that this is my favorite type of learning experience, and the one that I see myself making use of this school year.
I am so skeptical of this model. My county is opening a charter school this fall for the arts. It looks amazing on paper. Wide open spaces, lots of windows, non-traditional learning experiences. All the stuff that looks great on a pamphlet. But who gets to go there? They say it is inclusive, but look at the demographics. I think it just gives the privilege more privilege, but that is my biased opinion that I can go on and on about.
- How do you think a child could benefit from attending a publicly funded charter school?
- Charter schools have more freedom to be innovative with their teaching and practices
- Builds strong parent, school, and community relationships
This structure reminded me slightly of the German School System where students test into vocational tracks and attend a school pertaining to those interests, or they test into a more academic model. Either way, each student received an educational experience that equipped them for their future career path. Comprehensive school, however, accept all students no matter their ability level. I am a little confused to how this is different (at its core) from what is here in the US.
- What role does race, gender, and social class inequalities play in the comprehensive school model?
- Up until the end of WWII, the UK was a very class based society. If you were rich, you got all the opportunity. If you were poor, you remained poor.
- Comprehensive schools were created to allow equal educational experiences for all students–no matter race, gender, and social class inequalities.
- Creates a common culture amongst community
The comprehensive schools vs. grammar schools can be a similar debate to charter school vs. public school. Does separate education need to happen? Does it create feelings of elitist? It is interesting that this is a global education issue.
International Baccalaureate Program (MYP)
- allows students to make practical connections to the real word in their studies
- promotes lifelong learning
- explores global challenges and critical thinking
- Would you support your respective school implementing the MYP?
- YES. I say this whenever someone brings up an IB program. The MYP is incredible for students. Why not make learning relevant?
- Hilsman Middle School does a solid job implementing the MYP and many schools could follow this model
- Students of all levels find elements of success
- Long process to get certified, but jump the hoops and get it done