The grand finale of our PBL project was the public product. In PBL, rather than having students just do work for a teacher, students do work and then display their learning for an authentic audience. This raises the bar for students and how they display their learning. Publicly displaying students learning also adds transparency of what students are doing in classes, parents and family are invited to view and talk to students about their learning.
With the help of our site administration, our learning coach (thanks Jenny!), our incredible custodial staff, we were able to host over 300 people in our gym for our first ever PBL showcase.
My four chemistry classes as well as Lea Smith's anatomy classes presented to staff, parents, family, friends, and district office staff.
The overview of the gym.
Students created edible water bottles.
These students created original artwork that incorporated found plastics. Their silent auction raised $275 for the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
On my next post I will try to tie up some loose ends, do a bit of self reflection, and share some of the students thoughts about this project and PBL in general.