Project Based Learning- A Definition

A common pushback against PBL is that "students need foundational knowledge before they do projects." Likewise, if we don't have clarity on what PBL truly is...then we as teachers can't implement with major success. Therefore, we inadvertently reinforce the failures of PBL. Project Based Learning is defined differently by different organizations. Many teachers, schools and … Continue reading Project Based Learning- A Definition

Teaching for Authenticity & Teaching for Transfer

This post is by our guest blogger Brad Sever. Brad has experience with Project-Based Learning in various capacities including middle school teacher, high school Instructional Coach, district PBL Coach, Expeditionary Learning Charter School Administrator, and an administrator at a large comprehensive high school. Brad has worked in urban, and suburban settings across the country. He … Continue reading Teaching for Authenticity & Teaching for Transfer

Quick Shifts to impact your Practice

Teaching in a Project Based world is not easy. Our practice is full of challenges in our daily life - in our classrooms, in the structures of our schools, and sometimes life just gets in the way. Even after engaging in a traditional PBL training, we as teachers can be overwhelmed with balancing the idea … Continue reading Quick Shifts to impact your Practice

Interdisciplinary Projects and Schedules

The holy grail of projects design is to have interdisciplinary projects where learners can see and uncover that content isn’t utilized in a silo. “In the real world” (as we often say) we don’t have set “math time” or “Social Studies” time, we use content knowledge interwoven throughout our day to solve the problem or  … Continue reading Interdisciplinary Projects and Schedules

Why Collaboration is More than Groupwork

How long does it take to have kids make a PowerPoint? A Prezi? A Slideshow?...Ten minutes. These activities and tasks lead to a world of divide and conquer or one person doing all the work in the group. This often a point of challenge when entering into the world of Project Based Learning. We don’t … Continue reading Why Collaboration is More than Groupwork