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I would love to start using project based learning in my classroom. Resources are limited and costly trainings are out of my reach right now. Does anyone know of any free resources online or good books that can begin guiding me towards implementing PBL? Thanks!

Jul 3, 2017 4:45pm

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    • Jul 8, 2017 9:51am

      I agree with Nicole. The BIE website is extremely helpful. They have lesson plans, rubrics (Common Core and non-Common Core aligned), and a blog to help you implement project-based learning.

      • Jul 25, 2017 6:23am

        - Use Inquiry Based Learning
        - Develop your unit & lessons around issues and questions students have created/raised on their own --things they've expressed a natural interest in learning about
        - Have a Solution Based Component
        - Don't just raise students awareness levels on the existence of an issue or problem.
        - Create projects that challenge students to come up with (at least) theoretical/mathematical solutions to the problems they identified.
        - Partner with local organisations
        - whenever possible, ditch the hypothetical/theoretical, provide students with an authentic, real world, forum where they might test their hypothesis/theory, attempting to enact the solutions they arrive at.
        - Create maps for them
        - Provide them with demographic data reports and graphs
        - Help them design a new building
        - This will not only produce tangible benefits for your community it also makes any work that gets done that much more relevant and meaningful for your students, because they reap the benefits twice over
        - Start small
        - Don't try to write an entire project based unit right away
        - Start with a one or two day "in class" project/activity, then try a week long project
        - Remember Rikers Island) wasn’t built in a day.
        - Work latitudinally
        - For it to really work, the project must be designed to scaffold student understanding of the content concept as well as their learning and knowledge on about the problem at hand
        - Today, more than ever, people have wildly polarised understandings of social justice issues - they think something is either right or it's wrong. Period. The possibility of some "grey area" between the two isn't even a thought that occurs to their minds yet.
        - Questions of fairness and injustice make powerful initial hooks to inspire student inquiry, don't forget to help them see how it ties to the content concept they'll come to understand too.
        - Assessment
        - Your summative data should allow you to determine whats students learned about the content concept(s) AND about the social justice issued that were the thematic frame for the lesson/unit
        - Have students present, publish, and/publicly share the fruits of their learning.
        - For classmates
        - Other students in the school
        - administrators
        - City officials
        - community members
        - parents
        - the media
        - etc...(as fits the task at hand)
        - If your students know they will have to present their work publicly, it tends to encourage them to work harder.
        - In addition this will help them develop public speaking skills and will empower them both in and out of the classroom

        Here's an example