Saturday, July 26, 2014

Learning by Doing, part 2

Next major stop was two weeks spent on the beautiful (yes, beautiful) campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.  Turns out it is the second largest campus in the United States, second only to the Air Force Academy due to its runways.  This is where I met with my cohort and professors to finish up summer coursework.  The highlight was a project-based learning course - again, learning by doing.  The best part was getting into the research and history of PBL as well as refining the practice side of it.  Starting with the launch activity, and continuing with driving questions and need to knows. we were all immersed into the world of PBL and learning from the literature, but also from one another.

Here is the link to the Buck Institute for Education's YouTube channel full of amazing resources to get started, dig deeper, or learn from practitioners.

I am reminded of another quote by Dewey that continues to guide me as an educator:

“The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience does not mean that all experiences are genuinely or equally educative.”  
Continuing my quest to seek "genuinelyeducative" learning experiences for my students!
Texas Tech University seal - main entrance, night view
Probably my favorite sculpture on campus - tower of controversial books throughout history
It is said that people are supposed to come here and carry on an intellectual debate about the books depicted in the sculpture.

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