The Coachologist

A Newsletter for Literacy Coaches in the SPS Community

Volume 3, Number 6, March 16, 2015

Quote of the Week

"Traditional academic approaches - narrow tasks that emphasize memorization or the application of simple algorithms - won't develop students who are critical thinkers or students who can write and speak effectively (Bransford, Brown, and Cocking, 1999; Bransford and Donovan, 2005). To develop these higher-order skills, students need to take part in complex, meaningful projects that require sustained engagement, collaboration, research, management of resources, and the development of an ambitious performance or product" (Barron and Darling-Hammond, 2008, p. 3).

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The Five Keys to Rigorous, Project Based Learning

1. Real-world connection

2. Core learning

3. Structured collaboration

4. Student driven

5. Multi-faceted assessment

The following introductory video highlights these five essential elements. As you watch, look for alignment to Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy and the Comprehensive Intervention Model.

Research on Project Based Learning