Project-based learning is a way of developing students’ learning through having them “engage in a real-world problem or answering a complex question,” as stated by PBL Works. Many disengaged students struggle to find a connection with what they are learning in the classroom, to the outside world. I recently attended the iOnTheFuture 6 Conference and John Larmer and Suzie Boss from PBL Works and they spoke about allowing young people to feel like “real-citizens.” Project-based learning is an awesome way of bridging that gap and allowing students to develop their skills that are vital for any job in the 21st Century.
“If you drive all day looking in your rear vision mirror, you’ll crash.”
Young Rusty, came up with this profound analogy while sitting in the truck on another road trip. A routine trip that would have seemed so far from reality without Backtrack Boys. Rusty openly admitted that he would probably be dead without this amazing program.
Despite it being a Saturday and an exhausting start to the term, I immediately felt invigorated as I stepped onto the turf of my old stomping ground, where I started my journey as Mr Lee! This new future-focused school was the perfect venue for iOnTheFuture6.
A lot of focus in education is put on the curriculum, teaching methods, the ability of the student and behaviour management. However, what is often neglected is teaching kids how to actually learn. We go straight into teaching the content, without thinking about how the students are actually going to learn.
Learning is the infinite superpower that we all have. Amazingly, our brain is able to continually absorb new information, no matter how old we are. It can learn even better when we put the magic COAT on! COAT is the acronym that I have put together that will guide my teaching in order to ensure that my students learn!