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5 PBL Best Practices for Redefining the Teacher's Role

5 PBL Best Practices for Redefining the Teacher's Role
Deep learning is messy and complicated. My most fulfilling teaching days are filled with overlapping student voices, surprise, and opportunity. As I circulate around the room, I speak with young people who are grappling with challenges, generating and then revising ideas, and finding their way through the multiple stages of project creation. Depending on the day, my students may be sprawled out on the floor in groups, sitting individually and staring down their work on a screen, in quiet spaces editing video or audio, or out in the world interviewing, filming, or researching. Project-based learning transforms the roles of students and teachers in ways that benefit all. This de-centering of the classroom and of knowledge helps students develop a sense of agency as learners and as people. The Coalition of Essential Schools developed the metaphor of students as workers, with teachers as mentors or coaches. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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PBL Pilot: Matching PBL With Traditional Grading Editor's Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the fifth installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program. Project-based learning has been wonderful. Students are self-reporting how they're experiencing a deeper level of learning, and parents are saying that their children are actively (and often voluntarily) elaborating on their learning outside of school. We firmly believe that PBL is one of the best teaching methodologies available for the 21st century. "Fitting In" PBL Regularly, teachers tell me that they don't feel as though they have time for project-based learning (PBL). While they like the idea in theory, they can't see a way to realistically "fit it in" with their curriculum given constraints of time, testing, standards, etc. A regular response to the concept of PBL is: "It sounds great, but. . . " Too often, they see it as a manufactured experience that results in the construction of a massive project and requires enormous amounts of class time. However, I believe that this is often because the emphasis is on the final product rather than the instructional strategy.

A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet For Authentic Learning A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet by TeachThought Staff Like most buzzwords in education, “authenticity” isn’t a new idea. For decades, teachers have sought to make student learning “authentic” by looking to the “real world”–the challenges, technology, and communities that students care about and connect with daily. What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning? You know the hardest thing about teaching with 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. So to help you in your own musings, I've devised an elevator speech to help you clearly see what's it all about.

What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t Screenshot/High Tech High The term “project-based learning” gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they’re learning. Teachers might add projects meant to illustrate what students have learned, but may not realize what they’re doing is actually called “project-oriented learning.” And it’s quite different from project-based learning, according to eighth grade Humanities teacher Azul Terronez. Terronez, who teaches at High Tech Middle, a public charter school in San Diego, Calif says that when an educator teaches a unit of study, then assigns a project, that is not project-based learning because the discovery didn’t arise from the project itself. And kids can see through the idea of a so-called “fun project” for what it often is – busy work.

Project-based learning moves into classrooms Project-based learning is gaining support in education circles Students at The Ellis School use the Hummingbird Robotics Kit to explore STEM. When it comes to classrooms today, students want more than the lectures and quiet classrooms of the past. Project-Based Learning and the Common Core: Resource Roundup Alignment of PBL and the Common Core Project-Based Learning and the Common Core (ASCD, 2012) This webinar from ASCD and Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller is an introduction to how PBL can not only align to specific Common Core State Standards, but also support CCSS implementation. Sample projects and tips are included. The Role of PBL in Making the Shift to Common Core (Edutopia, 2013) This short blog from the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) explains some of the key shifts in the Common Core and also how PBL can support these instructional shifts. Common Core and Project-Based Learning -- Part I <img class="media-image media-element file-content-image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/content_image_breakpoints_theme_edutopia_desktop_1x/public/content/73/video.gif?itok=pmoQLTDv" alt="" /> (Buck Institute for Education, 2013) This Google hangout with BIE's Sara Hallerman provides insights into how PBL and the Common Core can complement each other.

Embracing Messy Learning Learning is a messy process -- and authentic, project-based learning immerses us in unique parts of this mess. There are days when my check-ins with students reveal that many young people are lost or unclear about how to proceed with the early stages of a project. "What topic are you going to focus on?" I ask Keith as I kneel down next him. 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.

How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful By Thom Markham This is a crucial time 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.