Project-Based, Student-Centered Learning:
How to Bring Deep Learning to Life
What Does a Project-Based Cycle Look Like
& Why Does it Matter for the Future of Learning?
What Does a Project-Based Learning Unit Look Like?
Students will work through a PBL cycle, in project teams, to capture & publish stories designed to get multiple perspectives that answer the question: Why is the conservation of the Yangtze River (and specifically the finless porpoise) important to the future of China? An authentic model and spark will stem from the Out of the Blocks podcast.
Challenging problem and guiding question(s):
The Yangtze River is a key geographic, ecological, cultural & economic feature of China. However, the future of the health of the river & the biodiversity in & around the river is endangered. How can we help?
Global Competency Objective(s):
Examine local, global & intercultural issues
Understand and appreciate the perspectives & world views of others
Engage in open, appropriate & effective interactions with people from different backgrounds & cultures
Act for collective well-being & sustainable development.
Sustainable Development Focus Goals:
SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
SDG 14: Life Below Water
SDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing
21st Century Potential Focus Skills (linked to Edvantage program skills):
3. Scientific Literacy
4. ICT Literacy
6. Cultural & Civic Literacy
7. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
16. Global Competence: Social & Cultural Awareness
Potential Disciplinary Skills:
Characteristics of living things
Use scientific method to answer questions
How does water sustain life?
Stories that define the human experience
Why is story telling important
Speaking and listening skills
Structure of a feature article / essay
Geography and culture
Resources and sustainability
Civics, society, and responsibility
Establishing the challenge
Establishing global awareness
Establishing why we care
Establishing & practicing active listening skills
Challenging, authentic problems do not have one, static solution
Understand the basics of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)
Identify problems facing the Yangtze River, specifically the Yangtze Finless Porpoise
Develop active listening skills as a crucial tool to problem-based learning and designing solutions to authentic problems
Speaking: INITIAL FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT 1 (observation)
Discuss the importance of the UN SDGs and how they are interdependent
Share stories and answers to rich personal inquiry questions to help understand the power of discussion
Writing: INITIAL FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT 2
Exit ticket (1m essays) on why SDGs matter and why active listening matters
Read appropriate-level texts (for the differentiated needs of students) for building background about the issue and the porpoise
Practice and understand the role of active listening and the art of the follow up question to build rapport, empathy, and respect in a deep conversation.