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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

Are Zeroes Really That Motivating?

The following is a series of blog post reflections from the 1st period professional learning community (PLC) at New Tech High.  Andrew Biggs, Angelene Warnock, and Lily Rex are the teachers that comprise the PLC. Are Zeroes Really That Motivating? by Andrew Biggs Introduction When students do not submit important benchmarks or knowledge check-ins, it … Continue reading Are Zeroes Really That Motivating?