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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...

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...

As teachers, let’s borrow from the branding successes of major companies who use storytelling to successfully brand themselves and their products. We, as teachers, can also tell stories to brand our classroomsas well as the learning experiences that will take place the...

December 15, 2015

Background

Wm. E. Hay is a Secondary School in Stettler, Alberta. It has 5 vocational programs (Fabrication, Building Construction, Automotives, Foods and Cosmetology) that are taught by staff who have an Education degree as well as Journeyman status in their chosen tra...

September 21, 2015

Project Based Learning is a great model for unit planning and deeper learning. Some teachers are going further by anchoring a semester or a year in a unifying, engaging and provocative premise.

This helps them "brand" their classroom to better connect the dots betw...

Some of the best projects are anchored in authentic issues and problems. Students tackle them with original research and a problem solving approach. I love how Calista, a multi-age teacher in Alberta, developed this type of project called The Buzz on Bees. 

Title: The...

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...

Title: Builders Without Borders

Grade: 7

Length: 4 - 6 Weeks

Entry Event:

Viewing of “Junk Raiders” - a Canadian reality show that challenges participants to construct structures using upcycled materials on extremely limited budgets. Slideshow of recent tragic environmenta...

Take a peek at this submission from a team of teachers and students in response to a design challenge for "classroom hacks" that increase creativity & innovation by promoting C & I student behaviors, teacher behaviors, and/or learning spaces. They came up with the foll...

May 5, 2015

Another Project idea from a guest author! Thank you An for submitting this cool project idea for a French I class. 

Title: A Fabulous Foray into French Fashion

Grade: 8

Type of Project: Design Challenge 

Context: You are a fashion designer hoping to break into the mar...

November 13, 2013

While project-based learning is a phenomenal way to contextualize learning in meaningful ways, not all content is made equal. I’ve been involved in designing hundreds of projects. All too often during the design process, projects just come together naturally. Sometimes...

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