The Math of Scaffolding

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

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

Playing By The Same Rules

One of the biggest misnomers about our work at New Technology High School is people understanding who we are.  Locally, we struggle with people having a clear perception of what we do.  We have heard New Tech High is: The small alternative school for weird students Only for students that like computers A private school … Continue reading Playing By The Same Rules

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