August 14, 2020

Is it time for project-based curriculum to replace traditional model?

Some districts implemented a degree of project-based learning assessed through feedback during coronavirus shutdowns this spring — changes some experts say could remain after the pandemic wanes.

When schools shuttered nationwide in the spring, districts were hard pressed to turn much of the education system on its head. Included was the need to reimagine curriculum and instruction into a virtual setting seemingly overnight.

During the months of remote learning that followed, many teachers switched to project-based learning, encouraging students to get creative with the tools and sources of information around them. Many also shifted to a feedback-based assessment system to measure students’ progress.

And although in-person instruction is set to resume in varying degrees in many places, some administrators expect project-based learning assessed through teacher feedback to be more common this school year. Some even believe it could take the place of traditional assignments and numeric grading scales in the coming years.

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