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 of students. This blog post is the first of a series called Project Essentials through which we will describe some ways to maintain that effective learning environment in a varied and learner-centered classroom.
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 about rich, authentic and powerful Learning experiences. A word of caution: Bad PBL might indeed be worse than no PBL. So, how are we supporting teachers in co-constructing a vision of what high quality PBL really l
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, client or target audience. The way you frame your classroom experience can evoke an emotional response in students as well. Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, says “your brand is what other people say abo
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 between units and projects throughout the year. Check out this STEM classroom brand anchored in the antarctic explorer Shackleton. This brand unified four projects over the course of a semester. Students practiced the e
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 Buzz on Bees
Grade Level(s): Grades 1-8 (Multi-age Classroom) Type of Project: Design Challenge Context: A local beekeeper has noticed a decline in bee numbers and problems with pollination. Find out how big thi