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February 14, 2018

Some of the best Project Based Learning experiences are anchored in authentic issues and problems. Students tackle them with original research and a problem solving approach.

We love this project concept that was cleverly titled: The Seagull Squabble that tackled an aut...

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 31, 2017

After years of working with adults in various education contexts (professional learning, schools, community outreach) with Human-Centered Design Methods like Learner-Centered Design and Design Thinking....my colleagues and I have noticed our learners often experience 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...

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...

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...

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...

October 8, 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 premise helps them "brand" their classroom to better connect the d...

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...

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

Title: Community Heroes

Grade: 2

Type of Project: Community Service

Context: There are many avenues in which to make a difference in our community. Many organizations within Red Deer rely on the gener...

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...

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