Sunday, September 6, 2009
True Project Based Learning
I'm about to begin a project based learning approach in my Secondary Mathematics classroom and would appreciate some input or ideas for possible road blocks that I can already see in the future. In math classrooms most students want to sit and watch the teacher work the problem. Any time collaborative learning or group learning is introduced into the classroom (and I do this on a slow gradual basis) most students still will not make an effort in trying to solve the problems or build on the old ideas. I can't even get the gifted students to make an effort towards trying something new, that they may possibly not understand. They just want to simply sit there and wait for me to come and explain step by step what to do. This is just as beneficial as the process above. How do I get my students to go from passive learners to active learners when it comes to math?