Hope all got home safely. I just received an email about an online professionial development program for project based learning from the Buck Institute for Education. There are projects and classes for all the steps in creating and assessing PBL projects. It can be found at www.pblu.org Have a great week
From Learning to Research Summer Institute was a great opportunity for me. It helped me collaborate with teachers I would never get the opportunity to connect with on a regular basis. It allowed me to see that I have the same experiences as many other teachers. In addition, it reminded me how special you have to be in order to teach. Many of my fellow collegues struggle with the constraints of the teaching world but because they care for their students, they make it work. You definitely have to have a calling to do what we do and I met some really great...
To all my new friends and colleagues at Learning to Research. I had a great time meeting you and working with you. If you are in the New York/Long Island area and you need a place to stay, we have a guest room with private bath and we are 25 minutes from the city. My number's in the book. 'Til then I wish you the best on your projects.
Welcome to Lauren’s L2R Blog
I wish I was more able to be more cogent about this but I’m so excited about this workshop, I’ll start here.
“What I am hoping to learn as a participant during the initial workshop and throughout the professional development project?”
Most of all, the opportunity to improve my skills in providing project based learning by making the projects personally more meaningful to my students through the provision of the increased knowledge and proven concepts that are from well-defined standards I’ll be able to apply.
Another of my personal goals...
I'm leaving this week feeling inspired, energized, and motivated to take on the upcoming school year. Some of my favorite things from this week are the contacts made, getting ideas on strategies for my class, and finding out about resources that are available to me. My goal is to use more PBL throughout the school year.
The GLOBE Institute has provided me with important, practical tools. I plan to make them available to my students so they can probe our local environment. It also has provided me with a wealth of ideas for project expansion.
I will actively be expanding my professional network to include local scientists in order to correlate our data to theirs. Learning through actual research, along with collaborating with local scientists will enable my students to truly appreciate how human activity does affects our climate.
The week at L2R has been a wonderful experience to collaborate with educators all across the US. My biggest take aways from L2R include:
a better understanding of the importance of a network of educators
feeling more confident bringing Globe into the classroom
feeling more confident utilizing collaboration technology with my students
recharging for the upcoming school year
utilizing 21st century learning skills and project-based lessons
feeling like I belong to an educational program that really matters
Thank you everyone for a wonderful week! Safe...