This week we read about the importance of reflecting on the PBL project after it is completed. This process allows the students and the teacher to identify the good, the bad and the ugly of the project. This is a necessary step. It allows all those involved to review the process for a final time. It helps to cement in the new knowledge and to identify changes that need to be made.
This process should be done each time the project is used. New technologies, standards and different students need to be considered before a project is used. The goal of a PBL is to provide a learning experience that furthers student knowledge. The information gathered from the reflection can help with this process. Not only will it inform the students of their thoughts on learning, it will help the teacher to modify and improve the project.
I feel that the students, teachers, parents and even community members that assist with the process, should complete a reflection. With their feedback and information, a teacher can make the necessary changes to improve the project.
At the end of the project, the involved people will complete a self-reflection form. The teacher will review this information. The information will be used to enhance the project. It is important this is done right after the completion in order to ensure the information is fresh. For example, I teach in a combo classroom so I only use a project every two years. If I don’t do this process at the end of the event, by the time I use the project again, I will have forgotten what needs to be changed.
Overall our goal is to provide an engaging learning experience for our students. One way of doing this is to use project-based learning. Reflecting on the project is an important part of the process. It needs to take place each time the project is used and by each individual involved