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Problem-Based or Project Based Learning?

Target Audience: K-12 Teachers

In this presentation Covey will show how allowing students to do small project based learning assignments and allowing student choice in projects can lead to authentic assessments of content mastery and valuable data on formative knowledge. Covey will also demonstrate how using longer term problem based learning allows students to draw on working knowledge from many standards to see how units interconnect with one another. We each have our own lens of understanding and often our students have a valuable, unique way of solving problems in their communities. In this session, Covey will share the ways that she helps her students take their big ideas and makes them a reality through problem-based learning. Whether using art, prototyping, writing, diagramming, video or a combination, Covey encourage students to develop their ideas through various platforms. There are a variety of competitions that Covey’s students can choose to participate in to reach beyond the walls of our classrooms and communicate their amazing ideas to the world.   

Participants will see student examples and work together in breakout rooms to assume the role of a student for a small assignment to see the sort of engagement and communication required for completing such activities.


Virtual Session

June 20, 2022

1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. EDT

Watch the summer 2021 Project-Based Learning class

Meet your Instructor

Meet your Instructor

Covey Denton
Sallie B Howard School of the Arts and Sciences

Covey Denton is a K-8 science educator at the Sallie B Howard School of the Arts and Science. She has been teaching science for seven years, and in that time has secured over $100K in grants for her classroom. Her students have won numerous awards, including first place in the Scholastic Tech4Innovation competition, first place in the Celebrate the Mouse Video Research Essay competition, Regional Winners for the Exploravision competition in 2019 and 2020, semi-finalists for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition in 2020 and 2021 and a grand prize winner in the Citgo Discovery Education Fueling Education competition in 2020. 

She has a bachelor's and master's in biomedical engineering from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a master's in STEM education through the NASA STEM Endeavor program at Adams State University.

In addition to teaching, Covey enjoys presenting science on the news as a special guest on the WITN news shows, she serves on the Board for National Mid-level Science Teaching Association and the board of her local science museum, Imagination Station. She enjoys volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, Baptist Children’s Home, and Eastern North Carolina School of the Deaf.