Hello Ladies and Gents!
I am proud to unveil “My Approach to PBL.”
This is my first official Project Based Learning Unit. I will be including my entry document for you to read as well as my presentation and the current version of my launch. I decided to go with a scenario based on Phineas and Ferb, a Disney children’s show. The reason I chose this was because of everything the characters on the show stand for…human ingenuity. I feel as though human ingenuity is the core of STEM education and through this MOVEMENT we can change the course of history.
Tomorrow, I present my idea to the UTD STEP in STEM staff and participants, as well as the representatives from TI Instruments. I am nervous because I only have three minutes to talk about something I have been working on for two weeks! My closet is currently in shambles as it was raided earlier for potential attire for this presentation. I feel like a student on the first day of school, trying to find something perfect. Clothing that shows how professional I am, but also my creativity…
My 3 minute Presentation of my Project: This is what is currently causing my tummy to fill with butterflies. There are so many that it feels like my stomach is about to fall out of my butt…I feel like the boy who felt like his sister on his way to the bus stop.
My Current Launch: I am still working on the sound behind the part where Major Monogram is giving Perry the mission. There is a scene where the sound vanishes…I just discovered how to fix that today. Well, the launch is just an extended version of my presentation. I am thinking about modifying my presentation to make it the launch instead, but we will see!
A launch is an “Engage.” This interests students and often leaves them on the edge of their seats. They literally look like this…
My Entry Document: The entry document lists the expectations for the student. It is not a rubric and does not break their project down through a point system. Rather is gives criteria and expectations based on the essential questions you want answered. You might be thinking…”What exactly are essential questions?” Essential questions are developed based off of state standards. These questions are not easily answered because they require explanation and evidence. By answering these questions, students are able to ultimately understand the project. Example: How does scientific research of the past affect the future? Give evidence to support your claim. While studying for the MCAT, I found that their website practice essay section has tons of interesting prompts that inspire critical thinking. Occasionally I use the website for thought provoking “Do Now’s” for the beginning of class. This is what my entry document will look like when I hand it to my students in August and tomorrow when I give them to our visitors.
I will upload more soon!