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May 28, 2019

When we think of empowering students with tools and techniques to navigate life, few opportunities may be as important as providing authentic experiences to develop their ability to inquire. Sometimes inquiry may seem like a somewhat vague term. If you'r...

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...

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...

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 we rapidly move through the first quarter of the 21st century, most would agree that “change” seems to be a constant part of conversation when talking about schooling across North America. Beyond the conversation about change, there’s seemingly no end in sight to th...

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...

October 16, 2015

Companies use branding all the time when they push their products into the market. They want to influence the way you perceive them as a company and the products they put into the market.

Branding is about intentionally evoking a desired emotional response in a customer...

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...

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...

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