|From Teresa Evangeline's Blog
I know I have written about the value of Project Based Learning before, but watching my students rise to the occasion was something spectacular. Here is what I saw:
I saw students give impassioned opening and closing statements defending Mark Twain while others chastised him for his foul language and terrible sense of humor.
I saw students researching their characters from Huck Finn and played the roles perfectly during questioning and cross-examination.
I saw students dedicated to an argument, even if they did not personally believe it.
I saw students in the jury diligently taking notes and arguing their points during deliberation.
I saw a Twitter stream that had students supporting their peers and engaging their teacher in the back channel.
I saw a student quote Twain from memory in the face of harsh cross examination from the prosecution.
I saw students ask if they could do another trial later in the year.
I saw learning beyond what any teacher could ever hope to see from a project.
I saw engagement.
I saw fun.
I tweeted that I was seeing learning in a way that no bubble test could ever quantify. I believe that with my entire heart.
I encourage all of you out there to look at your lessons and SEE where PBL could fit for you.