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ERIC Number: EJ1172897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Lessons from the Field: One Teacher's Findings from Using the Project Approach in a 6th Grade Classroom
Bills, Patricia; Griebling, Susan; Waspe, Noah
Middle School Journal, v49 n2 p24-35 2018
While we have known about the benefits of project-based learning for decades, it has been difficult to maintain momentum in learning how to do it well, especially as the policy context in education turned toward high-stakes accountability measures in the early 2000s. Currently, many schools across the country are incorporating project-based approaches, but few have provided a portrait of how to do so in this current context. This is the story of how one sixth grade teacher, Mr. Waspe, successfully developed strategies for conducting an inquiry-based pedagogy called the Project Approach (Katz, Chard, & Kogan, 2014). Mr. Waspe's work revealed several consistent critical considerations that became design features for using the Project Approach--time, choosing a researchable topic, addressing curriculum and standards, assessing student artifacts of learning, appropriate instructional tools, modeling and providing student feedback, and audience. This article provides readers with a list and descriptions of these concrete considerations as well as a descriptive portrait of Mr. Waspe's artful approach to project-based learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6
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Language: English
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