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Free Webinar Replay: How to Energize Your Child’s Education with Project-Based Learning

In this hour-long webinar-on-demand, learn about project-based learning for students with ADHD with Susan Kologi, Ph.D.

For many kids diagnosed with ADHD, the traditional school classroom is not conducive to learning. Listening to lectures, taking notes, writing papers, filling in notebooks, and taking tests are not natural functions of learning for these students. They need to touch, experience, and interact with the concepts and real-life issues they are studying. For them, a more impactful method of education is Project-Based Learning (PBL).

Though some elementary and secondary schools integrate PBL methods, not all do. The good news is that parents and teachers can boost any child’s education with PBL by following the strategies presented here.

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  1. why traditional classrooms are counterproductive for kids with ADHD
  2. the benefits of PBL for students with ADHD
  3. how to set up PBL experiences for your kids at home
  4. how to set up PBL projects in the classroom
  5. how to support all students in the PBL environment
  6. examples of successful PBL projects and how they change students’ understanding

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Susan Kologi, Ph.D., completed her doctorate at the University of Idaho in 2015, where she worked with undergraduate students preparing to be teachers. Her dissertation research focused on project-based learning with various types of learners. She is the academic director and teacher at Novitas Academy, in Emmett, Idaho, working with teachers and students to implement project-based learning.

Webinar replays include:

  • Slides accompanying the webinar
  • Related resources from ADDitude
  • Free newsletter updates about ADHD

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  1. Can the presenter please provide cited, third-party verified research showing kids with ADHD learn more or score higher on content tests with Project Based Learning?

    PBL is a current teaching fad with no scientific basis, particularly with ADHD kids. Our ADD children often have concurrent learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia. Project Based Learning, or “Discover” math, “inquiry ” learning methods that are open ended and have no true direction are a nightmare for our kids. Direct, explicit instruction such as that with Ortho-Gillingham or traditional mathematics with example problems and scaffolding are appropriate for ADHD kids.

    1. Projects have a place in school curriculum, but should never be the core of instruction. Use of PBL in math and reading instruction should be limited, especially for ADHD kids. It is best applied in a science class.

      Cognitive Load Theory (cese.nsw.gov.au) is a study of how the human brain learns and stores knowledge. Parents and educators should research evidence-based, theoretical and empirical support for explicit models of instruction.

      Not all “engagement” is productive, learning engagement.

  2. Could you provide a list of independent High Schools in the NYC area that offer project-based learning? My 13 year old son is researching high schools now and an environment like this might work.

  3. I have 2 daughters that attend(ed) a PBL based elementary. My younger one is in 5th grade and her ADHD is much more intense than my older daughter. The older one went from 2 years at the PBL based school (first 2 yrs it was open testing the PBL format) to a traditional middle school. It was a hard transition for her as she LOVED the PBL format. As this transition will be MUCH harder for my younger daughter next year, what are things to help with that transition or reasources? She has been in PBL school for 3 years and thrived. In her previous grade school she was frequently in trouble and low grades, but in PBL format she is at grade level now and even above in math. It has been a blessing so I’m concerned about the transition.

  4. What can homeschool parents do to implement Project Based Learning for our high schoolers? What resources can we use to learn how to use this with our children? (Books? Websites?, etc.) Is Project Based Learning a substitute for traditional learning? Can a high school child be taught entirely by way of project based learning for all subjects (biology, history, math, language arts, etc.)

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