A PROJECT-BASED LEARNING FRAMEWORK FOR IOWA HIGH SCHOOLS
START HERE. Entry events pique your students' interests and set the stage for student exploration and inquiry. This is where you choose a topic, determine group size, and establish the purpose and scope of the project.
Students engage in continuing inquiry within their watershed that enables them to prepare a rationale statement for their project. Community experts advise students on the feasibility and appropriateness of the project plan.
Students follow the project management cycle until the project is completed: create a short term action plan, complete the plan and log project work, group meetings, reflections, and checkpoint meetings with the teacher.
Students share their projects back to those they've engaged and to new audiences within the watershed. They reflect on both the project and the process through self and group evaluations. This is a crucial component.