What is an effective driving question? (Driving questions can be a beast~you're not alone. I've assisted in building hundreds of projects and the driving question is the always a challenge. It is normally written, scratched out, then rewritten.)
- Driving questions are just essential questions that are high on caffeine. They demand authenticity and rigorous problem-solving.
- A DQ helps to initiate and focus the inquiry.
How does the driving question guide the product? (The DQ sets up a question for the students to solve. A students culminating product will answer the driving question.
ExamplesHow has immigration affected the United States?
How does the design of a rocket influence its speed and maneuverability?
How can we help our community understand the health risks of overeating?
How is geometry used in the real world?
How can we impact the environemntal issues that affect our community?
How does reading affect our lives?
What responsibility do we have to the overall health or our environment?
How do changes in the environment affect animals and plants?
Who are we and how do we affect our home and class/school community?
How can the food we eat impact our lives?
what role does math play in our daily lives?
Why should we care about what we eat?
TIPS: middle school students lose interest after three weeks. Two week projects are ideal. Again scope and sequence will dictate this arrangement.
How can we plan deeply and effectively with limited time. Delegation list are important. If you have a team plan with them as you are doing in training. Once you have project overview complete create a list of who is in charge of creating what parts of the project. This is an accountability piece for the team and will force team to work collaboratively.
Does set up and prep time get easier as you get used to it? Definitely! After a couple years and 8 projects under our teachers belt they need no coaching in the building as it comes second nature.
Special Education Accommodations within PBL
Specials play an active role in every project, and projects that have been modified somewhat are engaging and will build confidence in students. Remind me to tell you the story of our resource bullying book.
A student with a special need that has a problem working in groups can be given the project to work on independently.