Monthly Archives June 2015

Hobbies and Project-based Learning

There’s been some critical thinking done in recent years to analyze how we learn with projects in school. Most of us remember we had assignments in which we had very little choice of what it was or the end product. Make a diorama of a scene from your favorite book. Or make a sundial or sand clock. I remember doing a report on the Prickly Pear Cactus in 6th grade. It was the standard dig for information about what it was and where you could find it with maybe a couple of cool facts thrown in. With hobbies, I had the same way of going about it. I went looking for cool rocks in my grandmother’s gravel driveway to pass the time. Maybe I identified a rock or two, but that was it. I knew what it was and where to find it. Was that all there was that could be done with this hobby? Or project? No...

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