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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...

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...

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...

August 18, 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...

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...

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

Title: Creeping, Crawling, Flying

Grade: 2

Context: In response to a teacher’s camping situation, students will act as entomologists to research and identify a variety of bugs that are harmful and/or help...

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...

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...

January 18, 2014

Sarah Fowler is a sixth grade math and science teacher whose middle school offers annual project based learning workshops to all teachers.  This year she decided to participate in the training in order to develop a project for her unit on sustainable energy.  Sustainab...

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