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November 7, 2019

Phenomenon Based Learning (PhBL) is a multi-disciplinary form of learning that approaches a topic (phenomenon) initially from a bird's eye view. PhBL was developed as a means to address the growing need for learning experiences which encounter and solve real-world issu...

May 14, 2019

Why Inquiry? I couldn’t imagine a more vital set of tools to equip any human being with than the tools of inquiry. At its core, inquiry is purposeful learning and purposeful creation, production and doing with what is learned. This is a core essence of living and doin...

May 8, 2019

The Deeper Learning Dozen is a Community of Practice involving the Harvard Graduate School of Education and one dozen school districts seeking to further Deeper Learning, equity and connectedness through systemic multi-dimensional approaches.

April 25, 2019

When we think of PBL (Project Based Learning) we often imagine elementary school classrooms but what about PBL at a college level?

September 17, 2018

THE BIG IDEAS BEHIND THE BIOMIMICRY PROJECT

The Biomimicry project is anchored in the Life Sciences strand of the NGSS standards and also incorporates the Engineering and Technology Sciences strand of the NGSS standards. In other words, it’s an Engineering Design Challe...

June 20, 2018

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT:

WHEN ART & CHEMISTRY COLLIDE

We are SO thrilled to share this amazing project concept that emerged from a collaboration between Will Baber, Bill Baber and Bob Huffman at a recent one-day Intro to PBL workshop we facilitated at The Bush School in S...

October 30, 2017

Healthy competition plays a central role in the way many systems motivate and develop excellence. The space race, sports, war; any situation where two or more opposing powers compete for limited resources has pushed humanity, on various scopes, to new frontiers. If we...

August 22, 2017

The first grade I ever received on a college exam was a big, ugly 65 percent. I was devastated. How I would react to this shock is a testament to my having been taught through PBL. As my friend Jess Sloan mentioned in a recent blog post, in PBL, exposing students to fa...

July 23, 2017

One of the joys of teaching about the environment is getting my students outside as much as possible. Usually this means excursions to nearby field sites every month or so, which in itself feels miraculous in the typical pace of a high school day. This past year howeve...

Whether it’s your 1st PBL project or your 50th - there are always surprises. The role of a constructivist PBL teacher is to curate a space in which that variation can flourish while still providing and facilitating an effective learning environment for a diverse group...

With the support of their teachers and community, 45 students in Kamloops raised over $650 in donations to the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Imagine a classroom where students raise and study live salmon, access background knowledge at their own pace, design and make a qui...

July 27, 2016

Design Thinking is a process to help up prototype, create and innovate. Design Thinking helps shift mindsets. It's from consumer mindsets, to producer mindsets. From accepting mindsets, to questioning mindsets. From passive mindsets, to active and empowered mindsets. I...

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