This week our focus was to start looking at examples of PBL projects and how they can be incorporated into our classroom. It was beneficial to be able to view examples and see the range of possibilities. Some of the main features in a PBL project and lesson plan are:
- A driving question
- Collaboration or peer feedback
- Critical thinking and questioning
- Opportunites for individual explorations
- Use of technology
- Student presentation
Our second focus was to find an article related to PBL and to examine it. I read the article, Problem Based Learning written by Diana F. Wood. I was very surprised to find out that PBL has been around since the 1960’s. I am just curious as to why PBL is not in our classroom more often. I think PBL is a wonderful way to present a topic in your classroom and a wonderful way for the students to start taking responsibility in their studies and group settings. I understand that PBL has been introduced all around the world, but is mostly used for medical students. Why is this? I feel that you can use PBL in any classroom as long as you have a topic that allows this. In the article, there are mixed reviews about PBL. “Surely it is time to stop arguing about the process and ensure that diversity in undergraduate educational provision is related to declared graduate outcomes,” (Wood, 2008). I agree with this statement because I do feel that PBL can be a postiitove way to learn as long as the teacher understands their role and the student fully understands their role. There has to be clear communication throughtout the entire lesson. The driving question is what starts the whole process. Without a great driving questin, you will have a less than successful outcome with using PBL lesson plans.
We were supposed to be coming up with a topic and driving question for our PBL lesson, but my partner and I have not decided yet what this will be. I do believe that we decided the lesson will be about atoms of some sort.
I am excited to get this process moving and look forward to our finished lesson.
Wood, Diane F. Problem based learning. BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. 2008.