How PBL Educates the Whole Child

How PBL Educates the Whole Child

Over the past decade and a half, I’ve seen how well executed project based learning (PBL) can provide a joyful learning experience for students. Joy is not our number one standard, I realize, but when projects offer the right mix of challenge, engagement, and personalized support, blended with a motivating, meaningful learning experience that reaches … Continue reading How PBL Educates the Whole Child

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Ten Tips for Better PBL

Ten Tips for Better PBL

Meeting Common Core Standards requires more emphasis on inquiry and project based learning (PBL.) Increasingly, in the 2012 -2013 school year, teachers will be asked to design and implement high quality, student-focused projects that help students go deeper into subjects, think harder, and perform better. Teachers with experience in ‘doing projects’ often feel that they … Continue reading Ten Tips for Better PBL

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Seven Steps to High Quality PBL

Seven Steps to High Quality PBL

I emphasize the term ‘high quality’ PBL for two reasons. First, many educators still equate PBL with ‘doing projects,’ ‘hands on’ learning, or ‘activities.’ This is an industrial holdover from the time when projects were designed as an antidote to lecture or a respite from seat time, as a culminating opportunity for students to finally … Continue reading Seven Steps to High Quality PBL

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PBL and Common Core Standards

PBL and Common Core Standards

The first question about Common Core Standards has been answered: What will they look like? The answer is: Very different. The internationally benchmarked standards will emphasize creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, presentation and demonstration, problem solving, research and inquiry, and career readiness. The second question is more challenging: How will we teach these new standards? For … Continue reading PBL and Common Core Standards

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Fixing the Flaws in Project Based Learning: From learning to inquiry

Fixing the Flaws in Project Based Learning: From learning to inquiry

Worldwide, 2014 will be a crucial year for education. Every system, in every country, is in the process of figuring out how to reboot education to teach skills, application, and attitude in addition to recall and understanding. Helping students be 21st century ready—to be able to grapple with increased problem solving and inquiry, be better … Continue reading Fixing the Flaws in Project Based Learning: From learning to inquiry

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Ten steps to establishing a PBL-friendly culture

Ten steps to establishing a PBL-friendly culture

To experts in the field of human performance, there is no mystery as to why PBL succeeds—or doesn’t. Three decades of research has established the factors that maximize individual effort and the desire to achieve: Caring relationships. Whether growing up in a household, studying in school, or working in a job, people perform better when … Continue reading Ten steps to establishing a PBL-friendly culture

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Do You have the Personality to be an Inquiry-Based Teacher?

Do You have the Personality to be an Inquiry-Based Teacher?

So far, the challenges of transforming education into a system capable of inspiring students to become skillful, creative, knowledgeable problem solvers fall into familiar territory: What types of curriculum, standards, skills, strategies, and adaptations to classroom teaching methods will be necessary to pull even with the 21st century? But it’s likely these will prove to … Continue reading Do You have the Personality to be an Inquiry-Based Teacher?

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