Project-Based Learning

Student Choice to Prepare Students for the Future of Work – Education Article

The future of work’s rapidly changing landscape requires our students to be flexible in their learning, understanding, and application of knowledge. Because of this, teachers need to prepare students to deal with open-ended questions that require them to decide how to connect and apply content knowledge. In my classroom, I often integrate student choice to address this need. When faced with a problem that involves some level of choice, students have to internalize the problem, process their understanding of the material,…

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Want To Deepen Your Teaching? Attend TeachThought Grow 19, July 16-19 – – Education Article

Are you ready to deepen your teaching? Are you excited to use Project-Based Learning to empower students? Join us at TeachThought PBL Grow 19 and develop your understanding, connect with teachers, and enjoy what Louisville, Kentucky has to offer in your downtime! Choose the July 16th optional pre-conference day “Addressing Elephants” and you’ll engage in high level use of protocols with National School Reform Faculty Director Michele Mattoon. You’ll learn how to safely engage in difficult conversations about topics that profoundly affect…

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The Future of Work: How Do We Prepare Our Students? – Education Article

Although we cannot predict with certainty the types of jobs that will exist in the future, we know that today’s students will need a variety of skills, “21st century skills.” However, these are skills that our students need today. Knowing this, we must ask ourselves what are the best ways to provide all students with ​authentic​, ​​​unique​,​ and innovative learning experiences that will foster the development of these essential skills? How can we prepare students for jobs which may not exist…

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Workspace Education: A Creative Approach to Competency- and Project-Based Science – Education Article

By Erik Day and Michelle Berkeley Project-based learning is one of the most promising and scalable strategies for enabling deeper learning available to most schools across the nation. Particularly when centered around extended challenges, PBL helps students develop skills and mindsets that will serve them for the rest of their lives. When supporting and sequenced within a competency-based progression model, PBL holds further promise for engaging students in relevant, authentic experiences that help them progress meaningfully and reach higher level…

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Student Pushback Is Frustrating, but It Made Me a Better Teacher – Education Article

I was driving to work listening to Dan Carlin’s political podcast “Common Sense.” Carlin was explaining how to make history relevant to all students, whether it’s the history of hip-hop music, the evolution of the coffee industry or a person you pass on the street. What stayed with me that day: everything and everyone has a history—but history doesn’t matter to students if it’s not relevant to their own lives. As a high school history teacher with 15 years of…

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6 Tips For PBL Planning Across Content Areas – – Education Article

One of the weaknesses of our modern education system is that content has become so siloed that students rarely see the connections between subjects or connections with their world. Integrated projects can break down these walls when students investigate authentic problems that cross subject lines.   I have team-taught social studies with English and math with science. I have also designed numerous projects that integrated multiple content areas. Integrated projects can be challenging to plan and manage, even for experienced…

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Learning Gardens Provide Equity, Access and Great Food – Education Article

Do you know where your food comes from? Do you know how your fruits and vegetables are grown and when they are in season? In a rush to get dinner on the table we’ve become a culture so disconnected from the food we eat. Often, we are faced with choosing cheap and processed food options over seeking out locally grown produce. Personally, food is my love language. Its how I show people I love them and breaking bread with someone…

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Brain Research, Creativity and Project-Based Learning – Education Article

For the last 25 years, I’ve been exploring in practice and theory models of inquiry, in particular, project-based learning. In February I’ll publish a new book, Models of Inquiry – Explained, that examines that work and highlights the commonality between the dozen or so models that dominate the K-12 landscape. A growing body of research seems to point in the direction that inquiry is an effective method of achieving positive student outcomes in content knowledge and 21st Century Skills. But of course…

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