How can PBL Help Secondary Students “Figure Out” Science?

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an evidence-centered instructional approach that is rooted in extensive research and can help your students grapple with big ideas in science. In this interactive course, you will reflect upon and discuss how PBL can shift science instruction for secondary students, in both face-to face and remote environments. Learn how to support your students during the “figuring out process” in science by encouraging driving questions, facilitating collaborations, and developing artifacts as tools for assessment.

In this course, you will:

  • Observe the “figuring out” process and consider how it can be introduced into your science classroom,
  • Develop your own Driving Question Board and understand how they can support your students in asking meaningful questions,
  • Identify evidence of student learning in the form of artifacts that can be used to drive instruction, and
  • Collaborate with colleagues in order to share ideas for shifting secondary science instruction toward Project-Based Learning.

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We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.