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Wednesday, November 11 • 19:45 - 20:45
Strengths-Focused Project Based Learning: PBL as a Human Development Method

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As education moves into a new era, Project Based Learning also needs to adapt. Rather than teaching curriculum, it is now best seen as a method for ‘teaching the person.’ Fortunately, that is what PBL is designed to do. It is a human development method that begins with authentic challenge and purpose, relies on human centered design principles, requires deep collaboration and enhanced communication skills, and results in meaningful work that is shared with others.

It’s necessary now to redefine PBL as a strengths-focused journey that melds inquiry, wellbeing, and positive contribution into a meaningful ‘experience’ rather than into a conventional unit or a curriculum driven outcome with concepts and standards that are ‘covered.’ This requires a careful design process, rapport-building approaches with students, identification of community and global issues for investigation, and a co-construction between teacher and student that focuses results with a measurable positive impact.

This workshop will provide an in depth look at the methods and design principles that lead to meaningful, strengths-based and passion-driven projects designed by students, teachers, or as a partnership, in both remote and classroom based environments.

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Thom Markham

Global Thought Leader and PBL Pioneer, PBL Global
Considered one of the founding fathers of Project Based Learning, Thom Markham is an educator by trade, a positive psychologist by training, and a global entrepreneur dedicated to expanding educator mindsets in service to a positive future. For over 25 years, he has been focused on... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2020 19:45 - 20:45 CET