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Note to School Leaders: Three Trends that Will Define the PBL Revolution

Note to School Leaders: Three Trends that Will Define the PBL Revolution

To paraphrase from another source, it can be said that there are two kinds of educators: Those who are behind the curve and those who know they are behind the curve. That’s not a knock on anybody. Society is reinventing itself so quickly that education cannot possibly keep up. For those Superintendents, Principals, and others … Continue reading Note to School Leaders: Three Trends that Will Define the PBL Revolution

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Why Genius is in High Demand—and How PBL Can Deliver

Why Genius is in High Demand—and How PBL Can Deliver

Often the history of words reveal long-forgotten truths by harkening us back to a deep past before experts parsed the world into small bits, built the complex industry called ‘modern day thought,’ and excluded those aspects of human experience that remain beyond the reach of scientific validation or explanation. The history of words reminds us … Continue reading Why Genius is in High Demand—and How PBL Can Deliver

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How PBL Can Fulfill Its Promise to 21st Century Students

How PBL Can Fulfill Its Promise to 21st Century Students

Project based learning, the rising star in the educational firmament, is on the lips of nearly every teacher and district in the U.S. and in many countries abroad. A newly recruited army of PBL experts march to the front of professional development workshops, evangelizing for project-based work and selling the notion that this is what … Continue reading How PBL Can Fulfill Its Promise to 21st Century Students

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Treat PBL as a Start Up, Not a Teaching Method

Treat PBL as a Start Up, Not a Teaching Method

A few years back, I worked with many schools across the country that became enamored with project based learning after site visits to PBL icons such as High Tech High or had sent a team of administrators to a PBL conference—and returned with wide-eyed enthusiasm for reinventing education at their school. Mostly, it didn’t happen. … Continue reading Treat PBL as a Start Up, Not a Teaching Method

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Teacher Robots Show Promise for Education

Teacher Robots Show Promise for Education

By Thom Markham FN News Group In a move cheered by education advocates for standardized learning, education officials somewhere announced today that the robotics revolution has finally reached the classroom. In numerous districts across the U.S., teachers will be replaced by highly programmed robots capable of delivering core content and dense packets of fact-based information … Continue reading Teacher Robots Show Promise for Education

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How to Coach PBL Teachers to Succeed

How to Coach PBL Teachers to Succeed

As PBL continues its trajectory toward becoming the majority method of instruction, another job not yet invented will come to the fore: The PBL Coach. In some form, this job exists now.  But the position is filled primarily by teachers who succeeded at PBL in their classroom or instructional coaches recruited from traditional classrooms who … Continue reading How to Coach PBL Teachers to Succeed

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Navigating Chaos: The New 21st Century Skill

Navigating Chaos: The New 21st Century Skill

The problem with the 21st century is that it won’t stand still. Just when the goal came into focus—get students ready to be ‘globally competitive’ and prepare them for ‘tomorrow’s world’ by teaching problem solving, collaboration, communication, and design skills—the planet decides to accelerate into its next phase. A confluence of events is laying this … Continue reading Navigating Chaos: The New 21st Century Skill

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The Innovation to Drive Innovation: Scaling Inquiry

The Innovation to Drive Innovation: Scaling Inquiry

After watching her deeply engaged students and teachers gather in celebration after an inspiring project showcase last fall, a proud elementary school Principal—the new head of a school that had underperformed for years—exclaimed to me: “Every teacher needs to learn how to do this!” In another school, a 6th grade science teacher related how multiples … Continue reading The Innovation to Drive Innovation: Scaling Inquiry

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