Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Opportunities for Deeper Thinking Using Projects
Projects are a great way to enhance deeper thinking in my classroom. Most of my students are hands-on learners. Projects all members to be actively engaged in the learning. For example, to ask students to describe the setting in the form of a discussion question will usually result in frustation for some of my students. However, when I ask my students to create a scene from a novel replicating the setting, the students seem to be more interested and try harder in general. Projects also generate peer discussions that reinforce the standard. As the students creatye the diorama, they are usually talking to one another about thier ideas. This leads to students "piggybacking" ideas. The students also seem to take ownership of the learning.