by Charity Moran Parsons
(This is the second of a two-part series on Planning for Reflection in PBL; part one is here)
In Gold Standard Project Based Learning, reflection is a key element that helps us support students as they work to understand the why, what, and how of their learning within the project. Reflection has a powerful implication for our teaching practice as well. Throughout the course of a PBL unit, there are key checkpoints we can use as teachers to reflect upon student learning, and moreover, to reflect upon project design and implementation.
Each and every instructional day offers reflection opportunities for which we can strategically plan. Leveraging these moments will lead to richer learning experiences for both the PBL teacher and PBL student, not to mention the high quality products! Count me in!
Participants in BIE’s PBL 101 workshop are introduced to the Project Path:
At each stage in the Project Path, there are opportunities for us to Rewind the lesson, Review learning targets, Reflect upon alignment, and Reconfigure any components of the lesson.
In addition to the questions indicated on the Project Path as “What Students Think About”, we can also dig a bit deeper and ask ourselves the following questions about our own practice and students’ learning:
Need some more ideas on reflection questions throughout the Project Path? Check out the tables below for more options to enhance your PBL Reflections.
Reflections on Project Design (using the Essential Project Design Elements)
Once we launch our project, we can utilize the Essential Project Design Elements as anchors to reflect upon our Project Design in the following ways throughout the project:
Reflections on Project Implementation (using the Project Based Teaching Practices)
Use the Project Based Teaching Practices as anchors to reflect upon our instruction in the following ways throughout the project:
Let's get meta! A HUGE component of metacognition is reflection. Give the 4 R's a try and let's connect on social media @biepbl to chat more about your reflection experience.