PEDC 9134 Students as Problem Solvers: Problem-Based Learning in the K-12 Classroom
3 Graduate Level In-service Credits/ 45 hours Instructor: Janice McLachlan September 1-30, November 1-30, May 1-30, July 1-30
University of the Pacific
Have your students ever asked, “Why do I need to know this?” Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional delivery system that teaches students how to develop and rely on problem solving skills to address real-world issues. Students will be able to answer these questions and make curriculum connections through active immersion into problem-based content. Students and teachers will learn how to use an exciting new inquiry approach to tie the Common Core Curriculum to authentic everyday problem-based learning experiences. When students become engaged in their own learning they are no longer just as observers, they become responsible motivated self-directed learners. Educators will research how to plan, design and facilitate PBL curriculum instruction, appropriate group dynamics and explore successful PBL classroom models and assessments that will fit into their individual curriculum practices. Meaningful classroom resources and lesson plans will be created for real classroom use. This course is appropriate for all teachers N-12, in all curriculum areas such as ELA, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, Math, the Arts, and Special Education, Social Workers, School Psychologists and Guidance Counselors.
September 1-30, November 1-30, May 1-30, July 1-30