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Messy Learning, Clear Objectives: Fifth Grade Teacher Published in ASCD Express

October 27, 2014 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

Our own Lisa Schopf recently published an article about Project-Based Learning in ASCD Express, a professional publication that highlights innovative solutions and best practices in education. In her article, “Messy Learning, Clear Objectives,” Lisa uses a recent project from her Fifth Grade classroom about the American Civil War to examine project-based learning as a valuable tool for engaging students and allowing a forum for in-depth study. However, Lisa points out that in order to be most useful, open-ended project-based learning should also be paired with a focus on key curricular objectives and essential skills.

Read the article that was published in ASCD Express on October 23. Lisa is a Fifth Grade teacher at JPDS-NC and serves as a mentor for new teachers through the Jewish New Teacher Project.