The second comment I left on Sheamus Burns' blog was on his blog post Project-Based Learning Made Easy. This post was actually a reference from an article on Edutopia.org. The post tells readers to go to Envision Schools to pick up a few tips for teachers to improve their current curriculum to make it more project-based. Here is a good paragraph I found on the Envision Schools website which explains more in depth about project-based learning:
"At Envision Schools, graduation means that a student has not only met rigorous academic standards, but also that he or she has demonstrated a breadth of leadership and cognitive skills, also known as “deeper learning” skills. To that end, we have developed a system of student assessment based on performance — what we call “performance assessment” — that emphasizes a student’s deep understanding and growing mastery of an academic discipline. More than standardized tests of content knowledge, performance assessments are able to measure how students think about what they’ve learned. These assessments require students to employ their knowledge in the service of creating and producing something with real-world application."This seems like the kind of approach Dr. Strange wants us to have in EDM 310. In my comment, I told Mr. Burns how I thought it would be especially relevant to him that grading be project-based because he was an art teacher. He had already discussed in previous blogs that he hated that he had to give people grades. I mentioned that it would be great if all assessments of learning could one day be project or performance based.