Week 9 When I knew I would be taking a class on technology and PBL, I went to the two teachers with whom I teach American literature and asked, “What PBL unit do we want the most for next year?” Our school is focusing on PBL, and we knew we wanted to add more for … More Post-Project Reflection
Week 8 My favorite idea about PBL is the role of the teacher. Unlike years past in education when the teacher had the key to all of the knowledge the students would need, PBL changes the teacher’s job from being the gatekeeper to being the students’ guide for their educational journey. My principal teases me … More The Teacher’s Role in PBL
Week 7 I am a bit of a built-in integrated curriculum. Unlike anyone else in the high school building in which I teach, I am in two different departments: English and social studies. Also, especially for academic fields like English and social studies, I find there is a lot of natural overlap of material. I … More Designing Integrated Curriculum
Week 5/6 Initially, my students see assessment as a way teachers judge and penalize students, often with a swipe of their red pens. It takes time in the classroom to help students see assessments are a way for both of us to see what they have learned. First, looking at ideas from “What Kids Can … More Key Principles of Assessment
Week 4 No. A vital component of Project-based learning is the audience, and it teaches the students to think about the importance of their work and who it will reach. A high school project that will be presented to second graders should be created very differently than one that will be presented to a panel … More Is it Still PBL without an Authentic Audience?
Week 2 I spent this week looking at sample projects for Project-based learning (PBL) and considering how it can translate into my classroom. I am not brand-new at PBL. My school has spent a year learning about PBL in order for the teachers to give it a try, and I have two PBL projects I … More Big Questions in PBL in High School English and Social Studies