PBL 1: Intro to PBL & Best Practices: Designing High Quality Projects.
Intro to PBL & Best Practices, the core course in The Project Based Learning Master Teacher library, is a self-paced, stand-alone PD course that introduces teachers to the principles, practices and instructional benefits of Project Based Learning (PBL). Suitable for beginners or advanced practitioners, the course covers the basics of PBL and best practices for classroom teachers focused on high quality, world class project work. With its emphasis on using PBL to teach problem, critical thinking, collaboration, inquiry, and core academics in science and humanities, the course aligns well with Common Core standards, IB Curriculum and country-specific standards for 21st Century Students.
PBL 2: Build Your PBL Skill Set: Mastering Inquiry Based Teaching.
Teaching through PBL requires a much different skill set than traditional front of the room teaching. Build Your PBL Skill Set addresses this vital need by helping teachers master nine core strengths critical to engaging students in deeper learning, problem solving, teamwork, and innovation. Participants in the course learn how to personalize the classroom, use the deeper learning model, and incorporate design thinking into projects, as well as use reflection and a collaborative conversation with colleagues to assess their strengths and challenges.
PBL 3: Be a PBL Master Facilitator: Focusing on Skills, Strengths, and Growth. (coming Fall 2017)
The ultimate power of PBL lies in the opportunity to help students discover, use, and reflect on their personal strengths and skills as they go through the process of learning. Be a PBL Master Facilitator prepares teachers to accomplish this by becoming effective mentors, teaching personal strengths, learning the diverse approaches to SEL, building SEL rubrics, merging 21st century skills with key SEL competencies, and designing projects that lead to the growth mindset and character development in students. As with other courses in the PBL Online Library, participants use challenging activities, self-assessment, and collaboration with colleagues to grow their skill set in this area.
PBL 4: World Challenge PBL: Teaching Entrepreneurship for the Common Good. (coming Spring, 2018)
World Challenge PBL is aimed at teachers and schools focused on global concerns, service learning, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Teachers learn to work with students to analyze local and global issues, develop problem statements and Driving Questions, use an entrepreneurial model of PBL, incorporate global skills, use industry methods for teamwork, research case studies, tap informal learning channels, and teach resilient strengths associated with innovation and social change.