My master’s this fall consists of an action research project, and I have decided to complete a project on problem-based learning and critical thinking within my Physics 20 course. Today I finally developed my classroom tools for my first action and I must say, that I am a little nervous.
I feel that students get BETTER learning out of problem-based scenarios because they encourage creative thinking, personal reflection, and comprehension of the governing laws and ideals of the universe. That being said, it is terrifying! I finished planning my lessons and found that I struggled giving room for my students to control the learning. I kept writing in bullets on what they should consider and how to go about the task, and inevitably had to delete about half of what I had typed. I am having trouble with the line between guiding and leading my instruction.
This week I’ll have to revisit my academic reading and previous reflections on WHAT I WANT TO TRY and the best methods to try it with… but let me reiterate that giving up control is scary. I WANT it to be done (as in I want to give the students control) but I really don’t know where it is going to lead – I guess that is the exciting part.
Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. 🙂