By Tom Driscoll (@TomDriscollEDU) I recently had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. We capped off our PBL workshop by designing project sketches that the teachers would implement later this school year. They were so great, I asked the group if they could share […]
Each environment, be it a jungle or a classroom, values certain behaviors and skills over others. So what does the classroom environment that effectively teaches these skills look like? For many, the answer is a classroom built upon the principles of Project Based Learning.
Personalized learning creates a variety of challenges for teachers. Understanding the tools that can support the creation of a personalized path for each student is a key part of making it work. The article focuses on an often overlooked feature in Google forms that can help teachers do just that.
Shawn Talks with Project Based Learning (PBL) Expert Andrew Miller. Some changes take more than just making a new lesson or building a new unit.
These changes can require a whole new mindset or in some cases building a new classroom culture.
Project based Learning is one of these changes. Andrew Miller has been sharing his PBL expertise around the world and stops by today to discuss “Making PBL Work”
This post first appeared on the EdTech Researcher blog at Education Week. I had a fascinating conversation with a few teachers the other day. Though their school leadership viewed Project-Based Learning (PBL) as a pathway to student-centered learning, these teachers explained that many of their colleagues viewed PBL as a “box to check” before going […]
Many thanks to Mike Kaechele, National Faculty member at the Buck Institute and teacher at Kent Innovation High, as well as Sarah Field, Curriculum and Program Manager at the Buck Institute, for sharing the details of this project. In the fall of 2008, I asked my 7th and 8th grade students a single driving question: […]
This post first appeared on Edutopia. Note taking lies at the heart of curricula around the world. Beginning in elementary school, we teach students to “take notes” so that they can maintain a record of the content disseminated to them by the teacher. And yet, with mobile devices replacing paper notebooks, this process has become […]
This post first appeared on Edutopia. Lately, I have heard teachers and school leaders express a common frustration: “We are _______ years into a _______ initiative, and nothing seems to have changed.” Despite redesigning learning spaces, adding technology, or even flipping instruction, they still struggle to innovate or positively change the classroom experience. Imagine innovation […]
This a guest post from Christine Boyer (@5Boyer), a 5th grade teacher at Heathcote School in Scarsdale, NY, first appeared on Daily Genius. The saying, “If you build it, they will come” may have been referring to baseball stadiums, but it may also be the favorite mantra of makerspaces across the country. Since creating our […]
This post first appeared on Edutopia. Regularly, teachers tell me that they don’t feel as though they have time for project-based learning (PBL). While they like the idea in theory, they can’t see a way to realistically “fit it in” with their curriculum given constraints of time, testing, standards, etc. A regular response to the […]