1) My largest question involves teaching multi-age students in a classroom that uses project based learning. The largest thing I have struggled with is directly related to student choice. Each trimester we have a theme and our curriculum follows that theme. One area students work on is projects. These projects are interdisciplinary and students choose the project topic that they would like to learn more about that directly relates to our theme. The largest struggle I have with projects, is developing a system for how to meet with students and check in with how their projects are going. This is because we rarely have an aid and some students need a lot more help then others.
2) Student choice is a part of our everyday classroom at my school. In fact, students choose a great deal when it comes to their learning. The challenges that I have are keeping track of where students are at, especially with projects.
3) This approach allows students to be more independent and invested in their learning. This helps create life long learners and develop a work ethic that will serve them well both now and in the future.
4) The most important characteristic is to be driven, self motivated and focused. The next important characteristic to be curious and questioning content. It is important if a student does not understand, they are able to come to an adult or peer with a question. Problem solving and communication is one of the most important skills regarding this concept. Students must be able to work independently to solve problems they are having. Especially if an adult is not able to meet with them right then and there. It is also important that students are able to communicate. Not only should they be able to communicate what they have learned or what they need to adults, but be able to work with a team and communicate with peers.