PBL in a Day
Project Based Learning
~Ignacio "Nacho" Estrada
What is PBL?
Developing an Idea ~ Begin with the end in mind...
Your Content Standards
Your File Cabinet
Online Project Libraries
- Twitter (search #PBL)
Begin with the end in mind - look at standards and assessment.
Take your standards and put on different note cards, see which ones you can combine by tweaking.
Writing a Driving Question
The Driving Question
Focus on a philosophical/debatable issue, or intriguing topic.
Specify a product to be created, a task to be done or problem to solve
Add a real-world role for students
Planning and Preparing
1. Start with a BANG! - The project launch shouldn't present answers but pose questions and open possibilities.
2. Avoid Death by Repetitive Presentations - Plan your project to enable students to vary their presentations and learn from each other's work.
3. Know When to Let Go - Let students struggle a little - the right amount builds character.
The steps after the Entry Event are generally the same for any project.
Present students with the Driving Question
Analyze the task(s) required in the project.
Identify resources that might help students gain the skills and knowledge they need — ask students to contribute ideas, but also tell them what they can expect to be provided by you.
Explain some of the details, either orally or on a handout, including due dates, grading, and routines.
Have students meet in their groups to start working on tasks.