MISD Teachers learn about Project based learning

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How hands on learning activities help students in the classroom

MIDLAND, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24) – MISD Teachers got the chance to be the students Wednesday.

“It is by far if not the best one of the best professional developments that I’ve participated in,” says Midland ISD teacher Terrill Littlejohn.

The camp was geared towards teaching educators new hands on activities they can implement come August. Paul Hand with Rice University says that “the research has shown that project based learning increases student engagement and performance because they are so into the curriculum that they are doing.”

Hand says this makes “students are really engaged on solving a real problem that can affect their communities so they can see how the state standards and the other content their learning in classes really affect them.”

Something MISD Teacher Terill Littlejohn has noticed when he brings back new ideas every August. “they enjoy working together because they play off of everyone’s strengths and everybody was successful. Everyone experienced success in one form or another.”

Littlejohn says project based learning in his classroom is a way for everyone to learn. “All kids learn different and when that one child that has not experienced success in the past experiences success the joy that they have and then the joy and the celebration that their class mates have for them it’s beyond comprehension it really is.”

He adds that the difference between lecturing and project based learning is night and day. “Oh, it’s always a big difference between a lecture and an interactive activity they get excited about what we are going to do next.”

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