Project-based learning can be an important way to help students build skills. One of the major debates on education is that there is too much focus on standardized tests and not enough on hands-on learning. One goal can be to expand the number of extra curricular activities available. Business classes should give students opportunities to participate in fundraisers that benefit student organizations while communication classes can allow students to write newsletters and make videos to advertise for corporations. Also, the infusion of service learning into more courses would be ideal, as students can participate in community service projects to receive credit for social studies classes. Other extracurricular activities such as being part of Student Council and Debate Team, writing for a Yearbook, and taking part in National Honor’s Society can lead to better career skills. Likewise, a greater emphasis on group assignments may also be necessary instead of silencing students so much. Project-based learning can also be applied to science, as science fairs and labs are more engaging for students than exams. Likewise, science can be made more fun by allowing students to create public service announcements about topics such as pollution.
LEARNING BY DOING
How many of you prefer hands-on learning over taking exams? Most of you, right. Yes, that’s what I thought. One of the major debates on education is that there is too much focus on standardized tests and not enough on hands-on learning. School reform has been a focus of many educators who argue that improving student learning and achievement requires teachers to provide an interactive environment in school. Moreover, research suggests that public schools need to adapt to society's changes in order to help students adjust to the world that they are living in (Quartz, 2000). My goal is to transform the educational system into a reflection of this model of reform by promoting more project-based learning in classroom settings and expanding the number of extra curricular activities available. “Group assignments, teachers talking”
My vision for all years of school is the promotion of project-based learning in classroom settings. Business classes will give students opportunities to participate in fundraisers that benefit student organizations while communication classes will allow students to write newsletters and make videos to advertise for corporations. Also, I anticipate the infusion of diversity education and service learning into more courses. Students will plan multicultural events and participate in community service projects to receive credit for social studies classes. I would like to make most of my impact on public schools, but I think private institutions can also be a part of these changes. I want to expand the number of extracurricular activities available for students, as I have been involved in many of these programs, both in high school and college. There are a variety of different student organizations that would be beneficial to students, including multicultural organizations, service-learning clubs, business groups, academic organizations, and a variety of others. I have seen these programs produce great results in helping students to enhance their skills and improve their future outlook in the job market. I am of the opinion that interactive learning is necessary for the psychological development of students.
Math And Science Anyone?
Math classes should incorporate real life applications to prepare students for adult life. Students can calculate monthly car payments, health and auto insurance, and other bills such as cell phone and utility expenses in these courses. Furthermore, calculating debt from student loans, mortgage, and credit cards can be turned into math problems. Of course, there are also entertaining ways to make these courses offer good learning experiences for students. Playing games to allow students to practice arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and calculus is also helpful. Number Munchers is one example of a game that is both entertaining and educational, used specifically to help students practice their math skills. “And Number Munchers aimed to get children excited about multiplication and division (Courburn and Tobey, 2014).”
Project-based learning can also be applied to science, as science fairs and labs are more engaging for students than exams. Likewise, science can be made more fun by allowing students to create public service announcements about topics such as pollution. Another interesting project could be encouraging students to do presentations on inventions in history. There was actually an episode of Saved By The Bell with a similar concept and I think it would be a great way to get more students interested in science. “The project is for each team to convince Miss Bliss to buy their invention as if she’d never heard of it before, which is actually quite a clever way of getting kids to learn about the motivations behind inventions (Reviewed 2014).” For example, students were paired together to talk about the typewriter, telephone, and camera. There are even skills students could learn from science classes, including first aid and CPR.
Many school budgets cut the arts, but these types of courses teach students a lot about creativity. Perhaps a way of preserving the arts during these times of cuts is to implement them in other courses. In other words, incorporating drawing, painting, ceramics, theatre, and photography in social studies or language arts classes. And we should be exposed to more than just American and European art, but also art from other countries. While I served as an event planner at Georgia Perimeter College I put together an event to expose students to origami,
School Outside The Classroom
Many of the best learning experiences are outside the classroom. Extracurricular activities such as being part of Student Council and Debate Team, writing for a Yearbook, and taking part in National Honor’s Society……..