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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...

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...

August 13, 2017

I had always been enthralled by STEM. Every type of science interested me: geology, astrology, chemistry, math, robotics, you name it. I saw STEM as a channel for creativity and passion to solve real world problems. A profound desire to serve humanity drove this fascin...

Whether it’s your 1st PBL project or your 50th - there are always surprises. The role of a constructivist PBL teacher is to curate a space in which that variation can flourish while still providing and facilitating an effective learning environment for a diverse group...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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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