I am in a group on Facebook called #iteachfourth. It's a new group, but one that I enjoy. It is fun to collaborate with other fourth grade teachers across the country!
One of the posts that was posted this weekend was about Project Based Learning. I have heard a little about it, but have never really looked into it, or used it in my class. But as I was reading more about it, I think I am going to try it out this year. The group of students that are coming up are, lets say, difficult. My prayer is by giving them these projects to work through, they will be more engaged and less likely to use disruptive behavior. However, that led me to a question:
Do you teach the concepts and THEN dive into the project, or do you teach the concepts as you move through the project? I guess technically it could be done either way, but which way would be the most successful?
Have any of you used PBL in your class? Specifically math? Let me know your thoughts.