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Project Based Learning & science – a match made in heaven?

This is the 7th post in my project based learning (PBL) series.  See the rest here: Project Based Learning. Many teachers have asked me, “how do you do PBL in science class?  I mean I can see how to do it in English or social studies; but, science?  It just seems like a tough fit!” […]

How to do inquiry Project-Based Learning (PBL Series Part 6)

This is probably the hardest aspect of PBL to describe.  How to explain how to do something that is inquiry?  How to describe something that, by nature, requires student involvement.  The key is the structures. Honestly, this is very much a work in progress for me.  I’m learning how to do this as I go. […]

Why Project Based Learning is good for students (PBL Series Part 5)

Not only is the teacher’s life unique in the PBL classroom; students have a dramatically different experience in this model too.  They may whine and complain at times, especially when a project is nearing completion, but it is really good for them.  Here’s a few reason’s why: Long-term focus Many of my students can’t think […]

The teacher’s role in PBL (PBL Series Part 4)

The teacher’s role in an Project Based Learning (PBL) classroom is unique.  I’m still figuring it out – and probably will be for years to come.  That being said, I’m confident about a few things the teacher must do to make PBL click on all cylinders. Here are 10 things a teacher should do to […]

What Project Based Learning is and what it isn’t (PBL Series Part 3)

Project based learning (PBL) is a unique instructional style that is not for everyone.  To do PBL justice, you have to focus your entire class around this model – and do repeated cycles of it.  One shot, or even once in a while, will probably not fit the culture of your classroom.  This will just […]

Why my instructional approach didn’t work (PBL Series Part 2)

You may remember, when we last left our hero, he’d enjoyed a subtle epiphany.  It went something like this, “I plan all this stuff and throw it at the kids.  They don’t think it’s as cool as I do.  Now what?” There were 3 main problems with my old approach: Not enough room for student […]

A subtle epiphany – over-planning kills engagement (PBL Series Part 1)

Epiphanies don’t always come as a lightning bolt; shattering your world with sound and fury.  Instead, they subtly infiltrate your consciousness. One day, an idea quietly glides down, alights on your shoulder, and whispers in your ear.  You look up and say, “Why didn’t I realize this before?” I’ve been chasing my tail for years, […]