Project Based Learning for Students with Special Needs

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Teaching students with special needs can be more dynamic and effective if we incorporate projects into our instruction. This lesson discusses project-based learning for students with special needs.

What Project-Based Learning Is All About

At Ms. Pasco's school, the idea of project-based learning, or letting students master new concepts and skills by engaging in long-term projects, is becoming very popular.

Ms. Pasco can see many great things about project-based learning, and she admires the work her colleagues are doing. She can see that project-based learning keeps students engaged through the process of working on a project, lets them develop their ideas over time, and appeals to students with different learning styles and abilities.

However, Ms. Pasco, as a special education teacher, is a little wary of mixing up her instructional approach to incorporate project-based learning. She understands that project-based learning involves a great deal of attention and dedication, and she worries about her students who struggle with memory and executive skills.

Ms. Pasco sets out to learn about project-based learning for students with special needs.

Benefits of Project-Based Learning

As she reads about the topic and discusses it with colleagues, Ms. Pasco comes to see that there are actually many benefits to project-based learning that will specifically work for special education learners.

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