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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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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Five Priorities for Transformative Schools

Five Priorities for Transformative Schools

Imagine this scenario. All 50 states approve the Common Core State Standards and, in an unprecedented burst of transnational cooperation, 50 other countries adopt the same standards. Miraculously, the world now operates according to a single set of learning outcomes. The media reports an astounding development: A resolution co-sponsored by the U.S., China, and Finland … Continue reading Five Priorities for Transformative Schools

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The End of Standards?

The End of Standards?

It’s a cliché to say that change comes too rapidly now for us to keep up, but clichés exist for one good reason: They’re true. In the case of education—an industry that claims to

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