Project-Based Learning in Mathematics: A Middle School Curriculum Unit
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The purpose of this study was to develop a mathematics-focused project-based learning curriculum unit for educators to utilize with their own classes. Based on literature review and resources, an integrated unit was created using a backwards design method of curriculum development, with the intent of assisting teachers who are unfamiliar with the principles of project-based learning. The unit covered grade 7 Ontario Ministry of Education expectations from the mathematics, science, and language curriculums and also aided in students’ development of several 21st century competencies including effective communication, collaboration, and problem solving. The unit was created to act as a guide for educators to assist them in learning how to implement project-based learning effectively, so as to make learning meaningful, relevant, and enjoyable for students.