What was your driving question?
How do those in poverty survive in a world driven by wealth?
What PBE principles were highlighted in this project?
Our goal as a middle school team was to broaden our students’ knowledge of poverty within our community. We felt that demonstrating both sides, wealth and poverty, as a comparison would enhance this knowledge. Students were asked to define wealth and poverty, then reflect on the presence of each in their own lives. Students were asked to research social services within our community. Students also researched services at a global level as a comparison. Inquiry was an ongoing process throughout the project. Students were asked to design a community impact project that would benefit poverty-stricken families. Within the project, students were to create a 2-3 minute video of explanation, a sculpture representing their impact, and a presentation to be delivered to our school board. This project lasted approximately ten weeks. Excepting a week and a walk when the school was shut down due to Covid, the project was completed at school. During quarantine, students continued at home with mini lessons pertaining to the unit.
How did this project connect to your local or regional community?
How did this positively impact the community? How was it shared?
Reflection: What was the biggest challenge? What was the most rewarding aspect of this project?
Any advice for a teacher or student that is implementing a PBE project for the first time?
I would recommend being patient with your students and with yourself. Be open to changes within the project as you move forward, find an outlet for students that may need more or may need less involvement with the project, and BREATHE!!! It is an exciting journey you are embarking upon, take it all in and enjoy each moment.