Why #PBL for Students Today?

Screen Shot 2019-08-22 at 5.49.12 AMWhile this recent PBS documentary Cyber Work and the American Dream reports serious concerns about the future, there are some positive suggestions about how to get this current generation ready for their turbulent careers ahead of them. Students today must all get used to the process of learning. In fact, to summarize many of the experts in the film, “We all have to keep on learning.” During minute 47 of the film, this theme of helping future citizens learn how to learn builds momentum. Here’s a link to the program: https://www.pbs.org/video/cyberwork-and-the-american-dream-9dxkw2/

About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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