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
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
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?
The following post is written by and a contribution from New Tech High's 5th period PLC team. The team consists of the following teachers: Lisa Gottfried, Digital Design, Estevan Perez, Math, Jon Southam, Math, and Cecilia Guerrero-Gopar, Spanish. How do we get students to access and engage in resources in the room (both digital and … Continue reading Getting Students to Access and Engage With Resources
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
Originally posted at http://www.projectbasedliving.com Effective scaffolding within project-based learning can be a tricky animal. Many times, we struggle finding the happy spot between a student-centered free for all and the worst monotonous traditional approach. The difficulty with scaffolding effectively is many times it takes more time, creating scaffolds that you end up not using, differentiating … Continue reading The Math of Scaffolding
For many schools this time of year is when progress reports are due and parents are made aware of how their learner is doing in school. It is also a point in time when many students are aware of how many missing assignments show up on their reports. How we as educators respond to these … Continue reading Students Missing Work