Protocol Overview and Instructions:
Within this technique each student creates a “poster of what their proposed solution to the driving question would be. Afterward, the posters are displayed around the room and either the educators lead a discussion with the students of what similarities and differences there are between the different solutions the students proposed or students in teams discuss the similarities and differences between their own ideas and solutions.
Poster Session Instructions
Students had a hard time narrowing down their ideas to one final solution. Convincing and compromising among peers eventually prevailed. My students are so creative and came up with some feasible solutions. Next time, I would be more clear in the fact that someone should be able to look at their posters and immediately know what the group has planned for their project. Some students were more concerned with the picture on the paper than the information.
"Once students accept that their ideas are no longer their own, coming up with a solution is easier. I loved to hear their ideas when they shared these with the class."
"It was challenging because we had to work as a group, but it was fun because we came up with an idea that we are proud of."
Meet the Educator:
I have taught fifth grade at Lakewood Elementary in West Ottawa Public Schools for 25 years. I love this age level because these students are so eager to learn and they truly impress me with what they can do. I am a PBL rookie, but I love what we’ve done so far!
"Teaching in the same grade for so long, I am always looking for ways to mix up what I do each year. Project Based Learning is a great way to bring new learning into our classroom."