I am going to own up to the fact that sometimes I find it very difficult to give structured and critical feedback. Throughout my career, I have found that the varying expectations of myself as a teacher from both students and admin have been drastically different. My recent experience with my grade 12 Biology project has made me realize that I give the best feedback in face to face experiences. Project Based Learning allowed me to take a step away from the front of the room and join the students in their journey through this process. I used many many ‘mini-conferences’ and daily goal setting and reflections allowed for a constant ‘checkpoint’ or conversation outside of class through DocAppender and Google Forms.
- Pushing students to be more creative with their approach – Design Thinking process would have helped.
- Empathizing more with my students about the challenges that this type of open ended project might cause.
- Being different and learning through this process caused anxiety within the classroom at points
- providing constructive and continual feedback was certainly a challenge for me but a crucial part to this type of learning.
Here is my Action Plan reflection – Certainly much to learn from this experience and some tweaks for next year as well. In the end I was very pleased with what students were able to accomplish and with the depth at which they were to explore. (My Action Plan in Storify – https://storify.com/trollwagen/project-based-personalized-learning-in-biology )
Thoughts, comments, suggestions, resources? Please share!