What is so great about project-based learning?

What Is So Great about Project Based Learning? Project based learning.  We talk a lot about it.  Some educators say that students using project based learning outperform those who are taught by the standard (horribly boring) lecture method.  I am one of those, but what is so great about project based learning anyway? To answer…
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Using Projects to Teach English as a Foreign Language

Learning another language is a path to another culture. It can also be a complete waste of time, or at worst, incredibly boring. Of course, you want your students to be in the first group.  How do you do that? My answer is projects. Project-Based-Learning is very effective, and I've been teaching with it for…
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In learning, quality wins over quantity. Don’t study more–learn better!

Many of us think that the more students study, the more they will learn. The more time they spend in their chairs memorizing vocabulary or working on their essays, the better their English will be, likewise for other subjects.  For example, we see these kinds of things in the news often: Photo by Natmandu The…
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Can students learn innovation through memorization?

Do you remember when you were a student in high school?  How many hours did you spend in classes?  Do you know? Certainly, hundreds, thousands perhaps.  Probably you don't even remember what classes you took. Did those classes help you become a creative innovator?  Did you learn the kind of imaginitive wizardry to conjure up…
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Brain Rules #3–Every Brain is wired differently, in other words, Multiple Intelligences

The rule is from the book Brain Rules.  It is not new though. You've seen this before. The idea of multiple intelligences, that we each learn in a different way.  We know this, of course, but we still often teach to a certain type of student in the class, somehow imagining that most of the…
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