01 May A Conversation with Sarah Anderson in “A Place-Based Approach to PBL” at Edutopia
The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science’s Fieldwork Coordinator and Place-Based Education expert, Sarah Anderson recently had a conversation with Suzie Boss of Edutopia (George Lucas Educational Foundation). The article is titled, “A Place-Based Approach to PBL” with the subtitle, “A veteran teacher and author discusses how to bring fieldwork into your project-based learning curriculum.”
Here is an excerpt:
“Connecting students with issues, experts, and allies right in their own backyard is a surefire strategy to make project-based learning (PBL) more accessible and immediate. Students can meet academic goals by doing things like investigating access to neighborhood parks, mapping local food deserts, or telling the stories of people who help to give a place its identity. They become more engaged citizens who understand “how everyone and everything in a community is interconnected,” according to educator and author Sarah Anderson.
Anderson is a veteran teacher and coordinator of fieldwork and place-based education at Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, a K–8 public charter school in Portland, Oregon. She’s also the author of a new book, Bringing School to Life: Place-Based Education across the Curriculum, that is full of practical strategies for turning any community into a learning lab.
She shared some highlights in a recent conversation…”