What are projects?
Projects are activities that encapsulate the whole classroom, and learning experience. In the last 20 years in education this form of teaching approach has grown in popularity and is now being used in primary and secondary schools as well as universities.
Why are projects needed?
The image on the left separates both logic and creativity, and quite often in the classroom these are taught separately either through the pure sciences or art. Projects bring these together by showing students that we often need both. To be analytical we need creativity, and to be creative we need to be analytical.
You may have heard the term 'Holistic Education' thrown around a lot these days. Well, there is not real definition for this, however, I tend to focus on the general idea of educating a person as a whole, rather than focusing on set outcomes as in a regular classroom. In this sense projects are more open, flexible and adjust to the students as they work though it.
1. Encourage knowledge creation over knowledge recollection.
2. Encourage active over passive participation.
3. Encourage guidance over leadership.