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Is anyone using problem-based learning (inquiry-based learning) in the high school ELA classroom? Would like to see it in action. Need suggestions for viable projects. Thanks!

Sep 10, 2017 6:29am

  • English Language Arts
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    • Jan 2, 2018 7:52am

      I'm a student teacher and I try to use PBL as much as possible. This last semester we studied Animal Farm and propaganda in my Freshmen class for my practicum (a 4-7 week mini student teaching experience for 2-3 class periods with a teacher we are assigned to before student teaching) and what I had students do once we finished the novel was we watched some clips from Sharktank and then they had to use propaganda to develop their own product and persuade the other students in the class to buy it since other students in the class were the "sharks" that were investing in other student's inventions. I'm just starting down the path of PBL as a student teacher but I love using it and every time I do it I learn something new that I can improve on for next time.

      If I were to do this project again I would have kind of a Socratic seminar set up where students presenting are in the center, the middle circle is a group of students taking on the role of the sharks, and the outer circle is 2-3 groups where are analyzing how others are using propaganda to get what they want.

      I'm not sure if this is something similar to what you are looking for but I hoped this helped!