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Part I: Project Based Learning
The George Lucas Foundation http://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning lists four academic rewards achieved from Project Based Learning. In project based learning, students work in teams to explore real-world problems and create presentations to share what they have learned. Compared with learning solely from textbooks, this approach has many benefits for students, specifically:
* deeper knowledge of subject matter.
* increased self-direction and motivation.
* improved research and problem-solving skills.
* understanding how academics connect to jobs and careers.

As students we need to weekly ask ourselves:
* What did I learn?
* How did I learn it?
* What do I want to learn next?
* What do I need (skills, tools, research) to know before I further my learning?
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What do we know about wetlands? We have not discussed them enough. We have not connected the story of their importance in terms of climate change and their ability to detoxify such things as agriculture run-off.

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