Every year, thousands of teachers visit San Diego to understand project-based learning and find inspiration in the work done by students at High Tech High. Their multimedia presentations have been installed in public art galleries, and state and local ecologists have relied on their field guides for years. These high school students spend their time doing the complex work of professionals in countless fields. But what are the benefits of teaching this way? How do teachers create their own curricula? What structures do they use in their classrooms? In Work That Matters: The Teacher's Guide to Project-Based Learning
(Paul Hamlyn Foundation, 2012), Alec Patton
outlines the rationale and foundations for project-based learning, while succinctly addressing the practical questions posed by curious teachers.
Patton joins New Books in Education
for the interview. You can find more information about his work, including his own projects with students, on his digital portfolio
. To share your thoughts on the podcast, you can connect with him on Twitter at @AlecPatton
. You can reach the host on Twitter at @tsmattea