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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...

Over a year ago, I met Charity Allen (President of PBL Consulting) for lunch. During this lunch conversation, she asked me tons of questions about Project Based Learning and Deeper Learning, my life trajectory, my family, and everything in between. After I had passiona...

November 5, 2017

The Society
Since, at least in many Western countries, most of the population has received some level of formal education, we’ve all been exposed to a competitive way of thinking about success, learning, and growth. Unfortunately, we know that competition has skewed th...

November 2, 2017

We began our 3-part exploration of competition with our first post focused on competition in the classroom. Now, in this second post, we will explore how systemic use of competition affects students. While teachers have a level of control of how students are...

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...

October 25, 2017

Why is it important that occasionally, teachers let students run headfirst into their own failure? I think one, is because students learn to grow from that failure. In reflection, they recognize the steps they took along the way. They become accustomed to hardship, dev...

October 10, 2017

I am a Special Educator who has been teaching individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) for nearly ten years. These students have ranged from those with extremely complex needs to higher-functioning individuals at varying ages - from KS1 to College level. My last...

September 13, 2017

5 Common PBL Design Issues

Common PBL Design Issue #1: WEAK ADULT WORLD CONNECTIONS

Strong adult world connections can greatly enhance a project rather than be an afterthought. 

Strategy #1: Brainstorm, search for and/or suggest specific authentic documents, data and...

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...

August 13, 2017

I had always been enthralled by STEM. Every type of science interested me: geology, astrology, chemistry, math, robotics, you name it. I saw STEM as a channel for creativity and passion to solve real world problems. A profound desire to serve humanity drove this fascin...

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...

It was the week before our exhibition, and our project wasn’t working. In our Engineering and Biology courses, we had researched and built a 6-foot-long model of a neuron to imitate the Sodium/Potassium channels opening and closing and transmitting the signal down the...

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...

February 28, 2017

While Project Based Learning can be a transformative pedagogy, it’s often misunderstood by educators. Here at PBLC, we often joke that PBL should just be renamed: “L(for Learning….) because when PBL is done well, it’s a lot less about the products and a lot more abou...

February 12, 2017

In our work to transform schools around the world, we see education leaders working tirelessly to change the experience of school. But all too often, their efforts get tangled in the trap of dull processes, resistance to change and failed initiatives. 

What if change co...

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