What are the benefits of parks in a community?
When students engage in a problem-based learning experience they:
Problem-based learning begins with an essential question which focuses student thinking and does not have one right answer. It is active learning.
I pose this essential question to the class, hand out the Letter From The Park District, and explain this problem-based learning experience. I want to create a memorable, but brief introduction to the experience so as I discuss this letter and set the scene. I bring in a community member to make this experience real-world as I collaborate with the Superintendent of Parks and Planning in the local community. It makes the experience authentic.
An important skill for students to practice is (CCSS) Speaking and Listening (SL.6.2) where students interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (visually, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic under study.
I bring in a community member to:
Bringing in the Superintendent of Parks and Planning from the local park district also creates a connection between the school and community. It develops a network and strong working relationship between students, parents, and families in the area.
Talking points for the presenter include:
I provide a Map of the Pond where students can take notes and visualize the area. As the speaker makes his presentation, I encourage students to write on the map, create a compass rose, and take notes.
After listening to the presentation, students need time to process their thoughts. I give them 2 minutes to write questions for the presenter and identify what they learned. After I collect the questions and comments, I give 2 minutes to the presenter to anonymously address student questions and concerns.