This book has been designed to support you as
you begin experimenting with Project Based Learning (PBL) in your English
classroom. Trying out something new in the classroom is always a daunting
experience because feedback on success or failure is immediate. The great thing
about PBL is that it is creative for both the teacher and the student, and that
means that experimentation, and sometimes failure, is a natural part of the
process. The methodology of PBL is relevant to areas other than English – it
can be used in a range of subjects, with many projects actually integrating
more than one subject across the curriculum.
This book has been structured into three distinct parts, designed
to help you feel supported in your PBL journey.
PART ONE: The What, Why and How of Project
The first part of the book provides you with some background
information about the nature and purpose of PBL, as well as outlining key
strategies to ensure a successful and enjoyable learning experience for you and
your students. This section also includes a discussion of how assessment works
in PBL, as well as the relationship between PBL and the Australian Curriculum’s
PART TWO: Sample Projects
The second part of the book provides you with a selection of
sample projects suitable for students in Years 7 and 8. You will be pleasantly
surprised that a lot of the activities in this section look familiar – that’s
because PBL is about taking the best teaching strategies and re-purposing them.
The difference with PBL is that it empowers students to see a purpose for their
learning beyond the classroom and to feel confident that they know where they
are headed while they move through the project process.
PART THREE: Additional Resources
The third part of the book is full of extra resources to help you
design and run your own engaging projects for your English classes.