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Problem-based learning with English learners

Hello colleagues, I have found that engaging learners in projects has been a most meaningful aspect of my practice as a teacher. When we identify a problem or issue learners care about, the projects are that much more effective.

What are the essential elements of project-based learning?

Hello colleagues, Engaging learners in projects is a powerful approach to teaching and learning that often cuts across content areas. The essential elements of what Kristen Kamps (2017) calls a Gold Standard Project include the following: 

Adult Learner Transportation Subsidy Pilot Program


For many adult basic skills programs student services such as childcare, on-site advising and counseling, and transportation are difficult or impossible to get funded. This article from Street Sense Media offers information about a new pilot transportation subsidy in Washington D.C. (in the District itself) for adult basic skills learners. This is the pertinent paragraph:

Projects that Integrate Technology and Critical Thinking

Hello colleagues, The College and Career Standards explicitly and thoroughly integrate technology skills and critical thinking. We've discussed previously the value of addressing these aspects of the standards through engaging learners in projects that require critical thinking as well as the use of technology in creative ways.

Projects that Connect Math and Life

Hello colleagues, There is a lot of evidence that project-based learning is hugely motivating and allows teachers to target a number of standards effectively. Check out this story, "Teacher Uses Math to Teach about Life," about high school math teacher, Michelle Bair, who engages students in a couple of projects that use math to solve real life challenges.

The Power of Project-based Learning

Hello colleagues, We know that project-based learning gives us the potential to address a wide range of standards in effective ways. How about a project that allows students to choose a real world project that leads to civic action? Take a look at this video for a great example of such a project, "Preparing Students to Take Action."

Evaluating Project-Based Learning?

Hello colleagues, Do you integrate project-based learning in your practice? If so, how do you evaluate projects? Do your projects require collaboration among students? What are some effective ways to assess how teams work together in collaborative projects?

Thanks for sharing your ideas and good practices here in our CoP!

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Assessment, CoP



Online Course: Integrating Technology with Project-Based Learning

The fall session of Integrating Technology with Project-Based Learning from World Education starts Wednesday, October 14, 2015. The course is facilitated by Steve Quann. Course fee: $289.  Register today!

Performance -based Assessment: Key #4

Hello Colleagues, Key #4 in the five keys to comprehensive assessment presented by Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond is "Performance Assessment." Performance assessment can take many forms, but the goal is that the performance task is something that is modeled after real life experiences. So students might develop a portfolio of their work; they might collaborate on a research project and present it to a group of evaluators and be expected to defend their project.

New Online Course! Integrating Technology with Project-Based Learning

In Integrating Technology with Project-Based Learning (January 28-March 25), participants will review the concepts of project-based learning and explore ways to integrate new and emerging technologies into instruction. Using Web 2.0 tools in project-based learning allows teachers to introduce their classes to problem-solving tasks, enhancing learners’ critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills in the process. These are exactly the 21st century skills adult students need to prepare for college or careers.

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