Maintaining Authenticity in an Ever-Changing Reality

Maintaining Authenticity in an Ever-Changing Reality

Having taught the first eight of my sixteen years in a traditional classroom and my last eight in a project-based learning (PBL) program, I am often asked to describe the differences between the two styles. For me, the answer seems to come down to one word: authenticity. So, with this being my first blog ever, I feel the need to start there. I want to examine a few aspects of what it means to be authentic in teaching and how in these two teaching styles I viewed authenticity differently.

Community Partners and Project-Based Learning

Community Partners and Project-Based Learning

At any given time, students at CSA Central could have four different projects happening at the same time, two for 7th grade and two for 8th grade.  Our goal is to create authentic projects that benefit the community.  We have taken on the project-based learning philosophy in our classrooms and are developing a culture where students understand that they are part of a community, both at school and at home.

"If at first you fail..." The Value of Project Revision

"If at first you fail..." The Value of Project Revision

Once a teacher has taken a stab at a project it’s often the case that there are one of two prevailing sentiments. The first: “Never again.” The second, and hopefully more common one, is, “I can’t wait to try that again next year.” While there will be clear winning and losing components of the project, I find that there are a few recurring themes with aspects of projects that need a constant reevaluation…