"Are you taking advantage of project based learning principles (PBL)?"
If you are looking to improve your online tutoring sessions then PBL could help.
Let's look at why I suggest you reconsider and find a way to incorporate it.
Initially introduced by John Dewey, as the concept of "learning by doing", PBL moves away from traditional forms of learning (memorization, teacher centered classes and focusing on reading information) and promotes active participation by students to solve problems.
Project-based learning (PBL) is:
"...knowing and doing. Students learn knowledge and elements of the core curriculum, but also apply what they know to solve authentic problems and produce results that matter.
PBL students take advantage of digital tools to produce high quality, collaborative products. PBL refocuses education on the student, not the curriculum--a shift mandated by the global world, which rewards intangible assets such as drive, passion, creativity, empathy, and resiliency.
These cannot be taught out of a textbook, but must be activated through experience."
-Markham, T. (2011). Project Based Learning. Teacher Librarian, 39(2), 38-42.
Let's take a more visual approach and see what PBL is all about.
Project based learning focuses on real-world or hands on learning. If you incorporate the principles of PBL into your tutoring sessions you will see several benefits:
Math, for example, does not lend well to PBL as math is primarily skill-based which requires a great deal of practice.
Here are three ways you can bring PBL online.
Here is another short video that highlights PBL in the classroom.
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