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December 2, 2019

Phenomenon Based Learning (PhBL) is a multi-disciplinary form of learning that approaches a topic (phenomenon) initially from a bird's eye view. PhBL was developed as a means to address the growing need for learning experiences which encounter and solve real-world issu...

November 7, 2019

Phenomenon Based Learning (PhBL) is a multi-disciplinary form of learning that approaches a topic (phenomenon) initially from a bird's eye view. PhBL was developed as a means to address the growing need for learning experiences which encounter and solve real-world issu...

October 10, 2017

I am a Special Educator who has been teaching individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) for nearly ten years. These students have ranged from those with extremely complex needs to higher-functioning individuals at varying ages - from KS1 to College level. My last...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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