Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Service Learning
Online & On-Site work (encouraged to be in Guatemala at Centro Educativo Tecnico Chixot)
No pre-requisites needed, must be 16+ years old
This course is an introduction to Project Based Learning of study that is designed for students who are exploring ways to engage in Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Service Learning as pathways to learn a variety of wide knowledge literacies grounded in the liberal arts (Social Science, Natural Science, Humanities, and Arts and Creativity and Practical Mathematics). This class will also reinforce practical skills relating to students; evolving vision of postsecondary career and workforce development.
Students will explore resources to assist in this learning process as well as engage in field placements (e.g., practicums, internships, and apprenticeships) as appropriate to their areas of interest. Field placements will reinforce literacies learning in this class as well as develop skills, abilities, attitudes and awarenesses relating to the theory and practice of both PBL and Service Learning. Based on this reading, research, and exploration, students will develop a portfolio that demonstrates their learning and preparation in these areas.
This course is is designed for community educators (including classroom teachers, counselors, social workers, youth mentors) who are interested in or already facilitate and/or supervise Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Service Learning programs. In this course, students will explore relevant texts (including websites) as well as observe school-wide and classroom models that reflect best practices in Project-Based Learning. Based on this reading, research, and exploration, students will develop their curriculum that integrates Project-Based and Service Learning pedagogy and instructional strategies.