PBL in a Day

Project Based Learning

If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.

~Ignacio "Nacho" Estrada

How do you develop an engaging project based learning unit that will address your standards and provide deeper understanding for your students?

Big image

What is PBL?

Project Based Learning: Explained.


Polleverywhere -Poll Everywhere lets you engage your audience or class anywhere in real time.

Web Based - Submit responses at PollEv.com

What do we know? What do we need to know?

Read the 8 Essentials of Project Based Learning.

Create a wall - Share know and need to know.

Big image

The Main Course, Not Dessert?

How are Students Reaching 21st Century Goals?

With 21st Century Project Based Learning

Read The Main Course, Not Dessert

Developing an Idea ~ Begin with the end in mind...

Designing Integrated Curriculum

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.

What makes a project a good one?

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

Writing a Driving Question

Scaffold for Writing a Driving Question

Tubric - teachers and students can use the tubric to create their own Driving Questions for projects.


Name that Project

The 4th Amendment Project VS. Can Police Do That to Me?

The Local Geology Project VS. This Place Rocks!

The DNA Project VS. Blood and Gore All Over the Floor


Entry Event

What will your 'hook' be for your project?

Controlling Factors Entry Event

Planning and Preparing

Terminology for Project Based Learning

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.

Guiding Inquiry

The steps after the Entry Event are generally the same for any project.

  1. Present students with the Driving Question

  2. Analyze the task(s) required in the project.

  3. 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.

  4. Explain some of the details, either orally or on a handout, including due dates, grading, and routines.

  5. Have students meet in their groups to start working on tasks.

Project Essentials Checklist

Project Overview

Project Teaching and Learning Guide

Project Calendar

Question Slips

Reflecting and Perfecting

Celebrate Success

Critical Friends

Next Steps

Self-Reflection on Project Work