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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...

January 3, 2017

Project Based Learning is a methodology of teaching and learning in which students respond to real-world challenges, problems, controversies, scenarios and simulations through a process of focused, student-influenced inquiry with the goals of:

•genuine student engageme...

Another project idea from a team of teachers in Camrose, Alberta! 

Title: Learniture

Grade: 7

Type of Project: Design Challenge

Context: You are tired of the used up 60s furniture that your parents have given you for your room. You will design and construct an original, st...

August 25, 2014

I am a student in higher education at the

and we do Project-Based Learning. One of the most experiential projects we worked on involved using a carefully-constructed communication technique on a group of autistic individuals. During this project, which we called Struct...

August 20, 2014

It all started at a PBL Workshop not long ago. Ruben attended the workshop thinking he might catch up on emails, do some shopping, etc. "We’ve all been to that PD session. You know, the kind where you can kinda tune out," says Ruben.  But to Ruben’s surprise, he was im...

April 23, 2014

The teacher completed the Project Alignment Guide in which the teacher aligned products to learning outcomes to instruction to assessment. Now, it's time to build out the calendar. ​You have been able to see the project design process play out in this fictitious, but c...

April 10, 2014

In the first post, you had access to a snapshot of a PBL idea. How does that fit into the larger project planning process? Let's take a look at the Project Planning Process.​​​​

PHASES OF PROJECT PLANNING​​

PHASE 1 – BIG PICTURE PLANNING

  • Select Academic Learning Outco...

April 2, 2014

Part 1 - Check out this snapshot of a World Geography Project developed by teachers in Texas!

What I like - It's content rich, it creates a strong need to know, while the scenario is fictitious, the teacher has created an authentic connection with experts for the creati...

February 12, 2014

Is a Public Audience enough to create meaningful learning experiences and successfully motivate students? A “Public Audience” could be anyone with a SSN, or a heartbeat for that matter. Using this Essential Element to guide our design of meaningful project-based experi...

December 10, 2013

Several years ago, Jennifer Rust, a math teacher at John Dubiski Career High School in Dallas, Texas, attended the first day of a three-day workshop for Project Based Learning (PBL). She came with an open mind, but had her fair share of reservations about PBL’s applica...

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