Rubrics for Teachers - Assessment A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, cooperative learning, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects. Quick Links to Rubrics Social Media Project Rubrics Wiki Rubric Criteria for assessing individual and group Wiki contributions.
Speaking Matters! Improving Project Presentations A student turns in this paper: many people think that we should not have ginetticly modifyed foods we could be having health problems in the future if we eat them, Some studys say that they cause cancer we should pass laws to stop this. What do you do? Common Core State Standards The Common Core State Standards have made it even more important for educators to assist students in making the connections between writing and reading through thoughtful and well-planned instruction, assignments and feedback. The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) created Common Core State Standards-aligned writing rubrics as a resource to assist teachers with this work. These rubrics are intended to help in instructional planning and to provide guidance in assisting students with the writing process. Requesting Permission to Use EGUSD Rubrics
Research Brief: PBL Helps Students Become Better Decision Makers Advocates of Project Based Learning often claim that PBL provides opportunities for students to become better decision makers, as they focus on “real” decisions that matter and can affect others. Decisions within projects become practice for later decisions and help students develop the reasoning and argumentation skills they will need and use as workers, citizens and in their private lives. This assertion that PBL improves decision-making skills is an appealing one, but it is also one that has not been firmly substantiated by research. In fact, some researchers argue that teacher-centered didactic approaches like Direct Instruction are the most effective way to teach students how to identify, evaluate and choose the best alternative in situations where there are competing options, but no obvious best choice. A Study Comparing PBL vs. Direct Instruction The study was conducted in 36 classrooms within eight urban schools.
How We Designed an Interdisciplinary Project Are you thinking about doing an interdisciplinary project? There’s a lot to consider. My colleagues and I created such a project for 7th grade students at a K-12 charter school in Round Rock Texas. Regina Public Schools This will be a page to share rubrics related to mastery of outcomes. This page will continue to develop throughout the 2012-2013 school year. If you have a rubric that you would like to share based on Saskatchewan ministry outcomes, please send to Laurie Gatzke. Watch for the RPS rubric bank to be developed. To access rubrics from the old RPS site click here.
Top 6 PBL News Stories June 6 – 10, 2016 Each Friday we post a list of our favorite articles, blog posts, and other resources we’ve run across that relate to Project Based Learning. Here’s what we liked this week: Evaluating Project-Based Learning Edutopia Grading is one of the thorniest issue in PBL, and in this post teacher Michael Hernandez offers tons of practical advice, including thoughts about public vs. private evaluation, and how to offer constructive criticism. How Deeper Learning Helps Children Succeed Getting Smart An excerpt from Paul Tough’s book Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why, highlighting the role deeper learning and PBL play in benefitting students in poverty. Extensive quotes from BIE Executive Director Bob Lenz from when he headed Envision Education.
Top 6 PBL News Stories June 13-17, 2016 This week’s stories are all related to PBL World 2016, our annual event that took place this week. 14 Tech Tools to Enhance Project-Based Learning Getting Smart A report by Emily Liebtag on the EdSurge workshop on day four of PBL World, where various tech companies showcased their PBL-enabling products and services. Promising Practices in Equity and Project-Based Learning Getting Smart One of the “Deep Dive” sessions on day one of PBL World was a presentation by BIE Executive Director Bob Lenz entitled “It’s a Project-Based World.” Bonnie Lathram connects his talk with educational equity work in the Deeper Learning network and elsewhere.
Making the Most of PBL Professional Development This summer the Buck Institute is providing PBL professional development to over 10,000 teachers. That’s a huge number. If you add in the rest of the year plus the number of school leaders we do workshops for, the total number of educators reached is over 15,000. At PBL World last week, over 800 people attended our workshops, while in the same week our National Faculty conducted over 40 separate PBL 101 workshops at school and district sites. These numbers are a testament to PBL’s growing popularity. However, as we’ve known for a long time in education, effective professional development is not just attending a 3-day workshop (no matter how good it is – and our PBL 101 gets a 99% satisfaction rate on end-of-workshop surveys).
Top 8 PBL News Stories June 20-24, 2016 Each Friday we post a list of our favorite articles, blog posts, and other resources we’ve run across that relate to Project Based Learning. Here’s what we liked this week: A Diploma for Deeper Learning: A System for 22nd-Century Skills Education Week Jal Mehta asks, “What if there were an International Baccalaureate-like system for deeper learning?” and lays out a detailed (& PBL-friendly) vision for a system with externally-scored assessments plus interim assessments scored by teachers and schools.
Top 70 Educational Android Apps for Teachers July 1, 2016 For those of you asking about Educational Android apps to use with students in class the chart below is a great place to start with. This is a work we have published a few months ago and is meant to provide teachers and educators with a handy resource they can fall back on when they need to try out new educational apps in class. We have categorized these apps into 17 major categories: note taking apps, portfolio creation apps, presentation apps, reference apps, video editing apps, concept mapping apps, storytelling apps, apps for teaching kids coding, augmented reality apps, audio recording apps, comics creation apps, reading and literacy apps, apps for learning English grammar, apps for doing virtual trips, apps for learning a new language, apps to unleash students creativity.
Design Thinking... What is That? Design thinking... what is that? I have this image of Allen Samuels permanently emblazoned on my brain. This goes back to college. With his usual amazing energy and unrestrained passion, this deeply passionate design professor is explaining to us why the process of design that we are learning is so important. Any profession, he suggests with conviction, medicine, law, choreography or politics can benefit by employing design thinking and achieve better results. Although we all heard and believed then what he was saying, it has taken a great while for the potential of his words to find purchase in a business environment willing to accept his hypothesis.
What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School? Getty Images Design thinking can seem a bit abstract to teachers. It’s not part of traditional teacher training programs and has only recently entered the teachers’ vernacular. Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand.