Peter and students reflect
on project learning:
Amanda, 9th Grade Student (A): I
think most kids liked it better. But some didn't like it because
they were like long projects and some people just liked...like
the one handout a day or two handouts a day but most like
overall most people liked it.
Peter Knowles (PK): So they had a...a much broader
sense of what...where they could find the information and
how they could find it pretty quickly. They also know a little
bit...better how to present the information, technologically
speaking. I mean they knew how to do PowerPoint, they knew
how to do Web pages by then. So that was not so much an issue.
It was interesting to see them understand some of the things
we'd hit a lot, like the graphing and the charting and things
like that, using the spreadsheets--how quickly they could
do that and how quickly, yeah, they could...they could find
the information. Do they end up making better decisions? Um.
I don't know.
(A): I think it's a great way for teachers to teach
their students. It's a really good way. Cause like it... For
some reason I just learned a lot more with the visual and
like the slide shows other than just handouts cause I didn't
remember what I wrote cause most the time I copied anyways.
And with this you had to like make your own project and you
had to make your own just everything. You had to make everything
yourself and so it kind of like registered more than just
copying a handout.
Kareesa, 9th Grade Student (K): You had your own time
to do what you thought you needed to do and you just got to
do what was on your mind about the work, like, oh, I need
to find this or I need to find that. Instead of the teacher
telling you, you need to find this, this, this, and this.
You just had your own kind of point of view.
(A): It's more independent and I know a lot of kids
like to work more independently. And if you're given just
a deadline and you get a few weeks to work up to it, it's
like easier because you can like time it. But if you have
like assignments every single day, you feel so rushed just
to get it done...and I learned a lot. I mean I can't remember
all of it but I can remember most of it and I learned so much
stuff that I didn't even know, like countries I didn't even
know existed. And it was a good way to learn about the whole
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