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Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning. Last year I took a group of students to Cuba to produce documentaries about the island nation's culture and history.

Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning

The main objective was learning how to produce documentaries, but one of my students learned a much more powerful lesson through the process. After completing her project, she posted it publicly to YouTube and received critical comments from someone living in Cuba. The feedback from an audience member in another country profoundly affected her, making her aware of what she was missing in her piece, and the impact that her work can have on others. No test, grade, or teacher evaluation could have come close to helping her learn that deeply, and it made clear to me how important it is for teachers to reexamine why and how we grade our students if we truly care about their success. 15 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content and Standards. You might know that I am a big proponent of PBL.

15 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content and Standards

I believe that as we work on helping students understand the content standards, PBL provides teachers with the “how”. I do hope you enjoy this content driven article. While I may not have every answer and you may not agree with every statement, I do hope I provide you with something you can reflect on and improvise in a way to make your own.

Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at (mjgormans). What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning? You know the hardest thing about teaching with project-based learning?

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

Explaining it to someone. It seems to me that whenever I asked someone the definition of PBL, the description was always so complicated that my eyes would begin to glaze over immediately. Focus 2 Achieve - A Quick Guide To Successful Cyberspace Inquiry In The Classroom. So, before you're handed another copy/pasted definition of NOT WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE, teach them.

Focus 2 Achieve - A Quick Guide To Successful Cyberspace Inquiry In The Classroom

You must. Their future depends on it. Thus, my teacher brethren, this post is precisely about how to turn your students into successful Cyber Heroes capable of Cyberspace Inquiry. Focus 2 Achieve - How To Transform Groupwork Into Collaboration. African wild dogs are fascinating hunters.

Focus 2 Achieve - How To Transform Groupwork Into Collaboration

They hunt in packs of 6 to 20 animals. They often hunt prey that's bigger and faster than they are. They wear it down together. They are persistent and precise. A single dog who catches up to larger prey will wound it, slow it down enough for reinforcements to arrive. What makes these small slim dogs so efficient, so deadly? Project-Based Learning: Essential Questioning. Small children learn by asking questions and testing the answers they receive.

Project-Based Learning: Essential Questioning

This tendency forms the roots of critical thinking. Unfortunately, question-generation eventually takes a backseat to receiving and storing information both at home and at school as children mature. In a traditional classroom, questions are the provenance of the teacher. 8 Basic Steps Of Project-Based Learning To Get You Started - TeachThought PD. 8 Basic Steps Of Project-Based Learning To Get You Started by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development The process of designing and implementing project-based learning can be fairly complex.

8 Basic Steps Of Project-Based Learning To Get You Started - TeachThought PD

A big part of that complexity is the shift toward inquiry that uncovers learning as you use PBL to flip Bloom’s Taxonomy. With that said, it’s often helpful to break this process down into basic steps to help teachers and schools get started with the caveat that PBL planning and implementation is not a simple, linear process. Readers should keep in mind that some of these “steps” can occur simultaneously as the reality of the messiness of learning and planning for deeper learning kicks in. 1. How Do I Differentiate Through Project-Based Learning? - How Do I Differentiate Through Project-Based Learning?

How Do I Differentiate Through Project-Based Learning? -

By John McCarthy, TeachThought PD Workshop Facilitator. Project Based Learning Resources - Raccolte. How to Improve Students Collaboration Skills – Project Pals. By Miriam Bogler 9/13/2016 Schools are adopting project-based learning in growing numbers.

How to Improve Students Collaboration Skills – Project Pals

Although it may seem like a trend, it really stems from a development in pedagogical thinking over the past fifty years that advocated a shift away from teachers imparting knowledge to relatively passive students, to learners actively participating in the co-construction of knowledge. Being a complete departure from traditional ways of teaching, implementation is difficult for multiple reasons, the most difficult of which have to do with teachers and students adapting to this new type of learning. However, even in the most forward looking school with well adapted teachers and students, projects are doomed to fail if schools and teachers did not prepare students to work collaboratively.

What is Collaboration. Introducing: Educational Projects By David Thornburg — Polar3D. Background Sea shells are amazing objects to explore.

Introducing: Educational Projects By David Thornburg — Polar3D

Young children enjoy finding them, exploring their colors and shapes. They even hold large ones to their ears to “hear the ocean.” This project explores the spiral shape of many shells, with special focus on shapes similar to that of the chambered nautilus― a cephalopod whose shell is an equiangular spiral. In this project, you will build 3D-printable shapes of quarter circles with different sizes based on Fibonacci numbers (connecting this activity to math) that, when assembled, produce a spiral similar to that of the chambered nautilus. Fibonacci numbers are generated from a simple calculation and show up quite commonly in nature.

If you'd like to download the entire lesson as PDF for usage in the classroom, use the link below! 17 Teacher Tech Tools for High Quality Project-Based Learning - Getting Smart by Guest Author - Buck Institute for Education, Project-based learning, tech tools. Bob Lenz and Sally Kingston Steven Covey says, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” That’s what we say about Project Based Learning: make projects the main thing. Don’t fall into the trap of using a little PBL here and there. Students who engage regularly in well-designed projects retain knowledge better, learn more deeply with understanding, and develop skills to be successful in college, career and life. We have seen firsthand the transformation that happens for students, teachers, and communities when teachers keep PBL the main thing. Too often, projects are not the main thing because teachers need the time and support to make shifts in their practice from more traditional approaches.

Digital Portfolios and Blogs: Use Authentic Technology, Not Technology Made for School - Cooper on Curriculum. Why We Changed Our Model of the “8 Essential Elements of PBL” Back in the day – September 2010 to be exact, but it feels like long ago - the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) published an article entitled “7 Essentials for Project-Based Learning” in ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine. Soon thereafter we added an eighth element, “Significant Content,” to counter stereotypes that PBL was not an effective method for teaching standards-based knowledge, understanding, and skills – and to remind teachers to design projects with a clear focus on content standards. These “8 Essential Elements of PBL” became the framework for our publications and “PBL 101” workshop, which had now been experienced by over 50,000 teachers. That article, and the hexagonal graphic below, has been widely circulated and cited over the past few years.

3 Elements of Deeper Project-Based Learning. By Loretta Goodwin, American Youth Policy Forum “We had to move lots around to accommodate the X-Box and the TVs,” a student at Arlington Career Center enthusiastically declared on a recent study tour led by the American Youth Policy Forum. The young man’s investment in his education was clear. The project we viewed was in the Collision Repair shop–the transformation of a BMW Sport Coupe from a skeletal rescued frame to a sleek, functional machine. What was driving that deep learning, characterized by a strong academic core, as well as skill development such as problem solving and effective communication? Conversations with students, teachers and administrators surfaced at least three key factors: passion, collaboration and community. 5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works - Schedule a TeachThought Professional Development PBL Workshop For Your School > 5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development.

A PBL Project is Like the Hero’s Journey. I’ve been meaning to write this post after hearing an idea at PBL World 2015 in the keynote by Ramsey Musallam, an amazing speaker and high school chemistry teacher. Now that PBL World 2016 is almost upon us, I thought I’d better get this done so I can be ready to blog about this year’s events and ideas. Ramsey likened the learning cycle that happens in PBL to the classic “hero’s journey” first explained by mythologist Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949).

Campbell described the basic narrative pattern as: A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. Many myths and stories throughout human history, literature, and in movies follow this pattern, from Odysseus to Buddha to Jesus to fairy tales to Frodo Baggins to Neo in The Matrix and, of course, Star Wars. How to use Google tools in Project-Based Learning.

Tools for Differentiating Instruction in PBL. In the first few years of my career, I never understood the nuances of differentiated instruction. When asked by administrators, teachers, or parents, I would confidently proclaim that I was indeed differentiating content, process, and products for all my students, and doing it well. Reality however, was different. If pressed on how I was doing it, I knew I would devolve into incoherent teacher-speak on providing flexible due dates, shorter assignments, and the like. Making Room for Children's Ideas Through PBL. The case for project-based learning. Going Gradeless: Student Self-Assessment in PBL. Making Room for Children's Ideas Through PBL. 3 PBL Practices to Empower Students. Edutopia. Project-based Learning: What It Is, and How It Benefits Students.

As a foreign language teacher, I need to assess my students in a variety of ways on a regular basis. As we all know, not every person learns the same way or has the same interests. In terms of assessment, some students can learn the material really well, but when a traditional test is given, their information and knowledge somehow disappears. Going Deeper with Hands-On Tech in Education. The teacher’s place is no longer at the head of the classroom. As new technologies find their way into the hands of students, traditional lecture-style instruction loses its impact. Active learning, in which students take control of their own education, moves to the forefront. The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition took a hard look at this growing trend, examining its effect on student engagement, as well as the technologies that come into play.

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning? Project Based Learning: Explained. Project-based learning moves into classrooms. A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet For Authentic Learning. How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful.

What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School. Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning Infographic. How to Create the Learning Community Vital to Project-Based Learning’s Success. Integrating Technology with Project Based Learning: Four Indicators to Blend the Learning. What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t. Integrating Technology with Project Based Learning: Four Indicators to Blend the Learning. PBL Pilot: 4 Strategies to Implement and Spread PBL in Your School. Watch and Learn: Observing the PBL Classroom. "Fitting In" PBL. What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t. 5 PBL Best Practices for Redefining the Teacher's Role.

Embracing Messy Learning.