Learning in the 21st century

MY PERSONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH DIRECTED, GUIDED AND INDEPENDENT INSTRUCTIONS

When I was in year 10 one of my elective subjects was ‘commerce’ in which I had to individually prepare and implement a business idea that would raise money for charity. I was directed by my teacher who displayed several examples of previous business ideas that had direct links to the syllabus which encouraged me to learn the syllabus in a tactile way. With specific step by step instructions to prepare for the opening of my business idea I was able to step back from my classroom knowledge and into reality to allow myself new learning strategies and become an creative independent student. With the opening of my business idea it opened up new insight about the curriculum and the time and effort needed to turn an idea into reality which ultimately assisted me in achieving a higher grade for commerce.

HOW DOES PROJECT BASED LEARNING (PBL) PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY WORKING ENVIRONMENT?

With videos, audios, images and information floating around the internet it makes it easily accessible for both students and teachers to access information that will assist in gaining knowledge and skills. For students to gain such skills, teachers need to provide an engaging and active environment to push students to apply their skills and knowledge towards their tasks. Project based learning prepares students for the working environment as it develops skills to multitask, investigate, set and achieve goals alongside speaking up and skills of self critique and reflection.

There are eight essential PBL elements:

  1. key knowledge, understanding, and success skills
  2. challenging problem or question
  3. sustained inquiry
  4. authenticity
  5. student voice and choice
  6. reflection
  7. critique and revision
  8. public product

“Preparing students for tomorrow, engaging them today”- John Larmer

N.A., What is PBL? | Project Based Learning | BIE. Bie.org. (N.A) Retrieved 16 March 2017, from https://www.bie.org/about/what_pbl