The purposeful noise of the workshop continued on, even though my teacher voice didn’t echo in the corners of the classroom. It was a blessing to have students so engaged, without my direct instruction marring their learning experience. Yet, I felt an uneasiness, a desire to jump in and ensure that students were learning from me, that they acknowledged that their learning came from me…but as I began to open my mouth, I stopped and let it be…what they would learn through their work now was even more valuable than what they might learn trying to interpret what I thought I was saying about what they needed to know.
That paragraph above describes one of my experiences in understanding the value of student learning. Approaches like project-based learning, problem-based learning, and writing workshop have the potential to focus students and teachers on the process of learning, recognizing the value of “discovery” and self-directed learning.
Thanks to Mark Wagner and Google Certified Teachers for sharing their resources for Project-based Learning with free web-based tools….
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