Project-based learning: Let students “master” their knowledge
Project-based learning is one of the most effective teaching methods of 21st century. Beyond the framework of theory, students can conduct experiments and applicable activities to exploit real aspects of lessons. This method is more optimal than educating knowledge for traditional tests.
The “Fermentation” project in Biology of Class 10.1 students is an example of this new learning method. Applying the knowledge of fermenting lactic and etylic, UTS-ers executed this project in 4 weeks with many products such as yoghurt, kimchi, soaked vegetables, etc. Each group researched, planned in detail and got advices from Biology Teacher to complete his best products.
It’s not hard to complete those fermenting products. However, allowing students to make the products themselves is a precious chance for UTS-ers to develop skills. The efficiency of project-based learning is not only based on the final products or scores, but also on students’ creativity and effective coordination with teammates to complete the project.