Luba Vangelova of KQED News writes about The Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, MA: The 2010 pilot involved eight students — sophomores, juniors and seniors — chosen on the basis of written applications and interviews.
Andrew Miller of Edutopia writes about the importance of engagement on student leaning and “moving past ‘course-based’ PBL”: “Due to the antiquated restraints of the education system, most educators are forced to implement PBL in a “course-based” manner. This means that the project occurs within the traditional discipline structures, where there may be integration, but learning is framed within grades and competencies”.
John Larmer and John R. Mergendoller advocate student-driven projects. To facilitate such projects, the authors propose that every teacher make sure he or she includes the seven essential elements of project-based learning in every long-term assignment.
Teacher Dana H. Maloney discusses how she has incorporated student-based projects in her classroom and the results.