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The inspiration for my research focus, Collaboration and Project Based Learning, came from my desire to find a better delivery of instruction in these areas in my teaching. I've been teaching first grade for the last twelve years and moved up to fifth grade this year. I had used project based learning with first graders, but knew it would look very different with my fifth graders. My initial focus was PBL, but then the importance of collaboration keep popping up. It become very evident that collaboration was a skill they needed more instruction on, and that even the students who preferred to work alone needed these skills.
My research paper focused on the impact of Project Based Learning (PBL) on student engagement and achievement. Below is a excerpt from that research paper.
Students need to leave school, college and career ready and prepared for jobs that don’t currently exist. To do this, teachers must expand the way information is presented. The old methods of teaching such as lecturing, memorization, and drill and practice do not address all of the skills that our students need to be successful in today’s world. Students must be proficient in 21st Century Skills communication, collaboration, creativity, citizenship and problem solving. PBL is the way to achieve this. It is the way to introduce and instruct them in Common Core State Standards. Teachers need further training in how to correctly implement PBL. Also, as with any strategy, PBL requires time to show its results. The student choice and voice that PBL allows for also allows for multiple types, as well as levels, of learners to succeed.
If you are interested, the rest of my research paper is linked here.