Project-Based Learning Book: RFP

Project-Based Learning Book: Request for Proposals

Are you an educator who uses the passion and experience of students and projects for learning? Are you obsessed with assessment? Do you foster learning environments of inquiry and rigour? Want to share your journey and action research with other educators?

If so, consider sharing your work by contributing a chapter to a book of exemplary ideas from schools, colleges, and homes throughout the world. The purpose of this book is to share exemplars of project-based learning and how it makes a difference in the lives of our learners, families, and communities.

This is a why and how book, with emphasis on the how. Please provide examples of challenges and successes. Here are some ideas of themes:

  • How has your thinking about assessment changed?
  • How has your practice changed?
  • How has learning changed?
  • How has PBL informed your understanding of place?
  • How have you managed the tension between projects and outcomes?
  • How has PBL opened up the world to your students and opened your school up to the community?
  • Who has benefited most from PBL?
  • Who has benefited least?
  • Or – how do the benefits get distributed?
  • What has your classroom gained?
  • What has your classroom lost?
  • Does it change the power structure of the classroom (for the teacher and among students)?
  • How has PBL changed the dynamic between educators?
  • Has ‘time’ changed in your classroom?
  • Has collaboration altered how teaching and learning occur?
  • Are any ‘new voices’ heard in your classroom?
  • How has PBL influenced pedagogy at the post-secondary level?

Proposal:

Due date:  February 10, 2017 (note – this date is for the proposal only!)

Please send a short (500 word maximum) double spaced paper (a Google Doc and share it with mhenderson@maplesmet.org so that I can provide comments) with a description of your proposed chapter.  Please ensure that you chapter proposal has a clear research question and thesis.

Include your name, school, and grade level(s). Note: collaborative pieces are also accepted!

Submit your proposal via email to mhenderson@maplesmet.org

Guidelines:

Authors of successful proposals will then be asked to develop a chapter for inclusion in the book. As mentioned earlier, the chapter should include a reflective section that examines some of the ‘big ideas’ posed.

You are encouraged to include diagrams, photos, video, and links.  Ensure that copyright is followed and that the work is entirely your own.

In-text citations and reference lists should follow APA guidelines.  Use a 12 point Times New Roman font and double space your submission. Word count should not exceed 5000 words.

Any questions?

Contact Matt Henderson at mhenderson@maplesmet.org

Editor:

Matt Henderson, B.A., B.Ed, M.E

Principal, Maples Met School

1330 Jefferson Ave

Winnipeg, Manitoba

R2P 1L3

@henderson204

www.mrhenderson.ca

All proceeds from the book will be donated to the Seven Oaks School Division Foundation. The Foundation supports post-secondary opportunities for learners.

This RFP was designed based on an original one created by Mike Nantais from Brandon University and Renny Redekopp from the University of Manitoba.

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Climate Change Discussion Articles

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Taken from the Associated Press

For those who often feel frustrated trying to articulate the reality of climate change and the scientific evidence, here are four articles that I think prove useful:

Scientific consensus: Earth’s climate is warming http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/#.WEXT5S7qByE.twitter

 

Consensus on consensus: a synthesis of consensus estimates on human-caused global warming http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/048002

 

The pivotal role of perceived scientific consensus in acceptance of science http://go.nature.com/gszHdq

BBC News – Earth warming to climate tipping point, warns study http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38146248

I have found them useful in terms of engaging folks in meaningful conversations. They will not prove useful in Twitter fights. I really think the third piece from Nature is critical in terms of hope. The article suggests that the more we speak truth to power, the more the public gets onside with science.