I continue to think that problem-based-learning deserves much more of our attention. I just came across this great video (below) that has a high school student describing her school. It's really well done. It describes three projects done by students at this Edvisions
Edvisions says this about their approach to schooling:
"EdVisions fundamentally different approach to teaching and learning focuses on highly personalized learning in full-time advisories. Students have the opportunity to learn in different ways and achieve curriculum standards and earn graduation credits though rigorous, engaging projects that are driven by student interest and connected to the real world. Educators experience a new level of professionalism, putting them on par with other professions. Results for school in operation for three years or more show conclusively that the EdVisions model can have a powerful impact on students’ long-term success. For the past eight years we have promoted a set of‘Design Essentials,’ the necessary practices and operating principles it takes to carry out the EdVisions School model. The Design Essentials consist of four major components: self directed project based learning, small learning community, authentic assessment and teacher ownership." -edvisions.com
Has anyone else heard of Edvisions? I'm impressed with their approach and embrace of PBL.
By the way, there is a ning just for Problem Based Learning
. Please join it if you're interested in this pedagogy.
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