John Larmer's Blog (http://www.edutopia.org/blog/high-quality-student-work-pbl-john-larmer) has a recent post reflecting on student quality work in project based learning. I highly recommend the read and resource it provides especially in light of our movement toward project based learning and how we can ensure students have structure and a definite set of tools to determine progress and learning.
The article is highlighted with some key questions in his reflection on quality project based learning:
1. Was there a use of rubrics and examplars to help students understand the quality of work expected?
2. Did the project include effective formative assessment?
The author references 8 Essentials for Project Based Learning found at:
He specifically refers to revision and reflection.
3. Did the students have enough time to revise and polish their work?
4. Did the project feel authenticate enough to motivate students? Did they care? (Great question!!)
5. Do my classroom and my school cultivate a culture of quality?
The author refers to High Tech High (http://www.hightechhigh.org/) as a standard (some of us have visited the one in Napa) and he encourages the use of PBL rubrics (http://www.bie.org/tools/freebies/cat/rubrics).
As we develop our skills in project based learning and move into new common core curriculum, the most important aspect of our planning has to be in spending our energies into developing the answers to the last question.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Three years ago Corcoran High School Athletic Director was searching for a Varsity Girls' Tennis Team coach. Little did he know the coach he was searching for was right under his nose - literally. Coach Lerma knew he could not leave the kids in the cold, and decided he would take the bull by the horns and coach our girls. It is interesting to see what has transpired the last three years.
Coach Lerma added to his teaching and athletic director daily and annual schedule a commitment to provide opportunities for success for Corcoran High School girl tennis players. He took a group of girls with little playing experience prior to high school and helped them develop some skills and habits in tennis competition that brought them to the pinnacle for their team on November 6, 2013: an undefeated 22 and 0 season with the first ever Corcoran High School Valley Championship in Girls' Tennis. It is ironic this is the school's 100 year anniversary. The last three years included