'Project based learning' and the upper levels of Blooms taxonomy 'synthesis and evaluation' are what I wan to look at here.
If you are reading this, you probably teach. As teachers how much do we believe the research. Brain research, Bloom, Constructivism.... the list goes on, but if you are like me you are after one thing - bang for buck. Our 'bucks' are all limited, unless you have some bottomless 'Gates foundation Grant' that you are not telling us about. So, how do we get the most educational 'bang' for our rapidly disappearing educational 'buck' (let's hope we in California get our January paycheck!!)
All the studies say 'kick in those higher order thinking skills (HOTS)' depth over breadth, create authentic learners, but most of us are handcuffed by tow-the-party-line curriculums that, at best, provide for some occasional analysis.... but synthesis and evaluation, ha! Never! "Project based learning where students create and find meaning"-- those words sound like some alien language. Excuse me, where do I find the multiple choice test for that? What, no test.......... WHAT, NO ANSWER KEY!!!!
So, theatrics aside, what do you do to go above and beyond? What do you do to get some REAL bang for buck? . Let us know what you do.... because you know you do something or else you wouldn't have read this far. Share. I do this -- riosclass.com -- but I don't know if it is enough.