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Kids Will Be Kids: 8 Easy Strategies for Engaging Students

As an educator, speaker and blogger, people send me articles on a wide range of education topics. My husband's grandmother sends me articles in the mail, my father-in-law forwards interesting NPR segments via email, and my neighbor down the street leaves newspaper clippings in my mailbox.  Last

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Some examples of ways of engaging students

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

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Motivating Middle School Students

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It takes a special breed to teach middle school students. Teens and preteens thrive on drama, struggle with hormones, and explode with emotions.  So, how do we motivate our middle school students and keep them engaged in learning? Celebrate their achievements and give them choice and voice. This post describes some of the ways teachers celebrate student achievement at my school, and a video illustrates what one student chose to do when given voice and choice.
 


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This post describes some of the ways teachers celebrate student achievement at my school, and a video illustrates what one student chose to do when given voice and choice.

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Project-based learning: Should traditional schooling make a shift in pedagogy?

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Project-based learning (PBL) has received a fair amount of attention in the education community in the past five years.  The Buck Institute, an organization devoted to PBL professional development...


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Research Spotlight on Project-Based Learning

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NEA Reviews of the Research on Best Practices in Education



What is Project-Based Learning (PBL) and how long has it been around? As far back as the early 1900s, John Dewey supported the "learning by doing" approach to education, which is the essential element of PBL. Today, PBL is viewed as a model for classroom activity that shifts away from teacher-centered instruction and emphasizes student-centered projects.


This model helps make learning relevant to students by establishing connections to life outside the classroom and by addressing real world issues. In the classroom, PBL gives teachers an opportunity to build relationships with students by acting as their coach, facilitator, and co-learner. In the school and beyond, the model further allows teachers opportunities to build relationships among colleagues and with those in the larger community. Student projects can be shared with other teachers, parents, and others who have a vested interest in the students' education.

What does the research say about PBL? Below are links to the current research on the topic:

Handbook: Introduction to Project-Based Learning - This article gives an introduction to PBL and a description of its benefits. It also identifies key elements of successful projects. (Buck Institute for Education, 2007) 
PBL in Your Classroom - This section of the handbook suggests "standards-based" projects as a central method of teaching and learning that replaces conventional instruction for a portion of a course.
Project-Based Research - This page contains links to current research studies on PBL. (Buck Institute for Education, 2007)
A Review of Research on Project-Based Learning - This review covers the underpinnings of PBL research and practice, evaluative research as well as research on the effectiveness of PBL. (John W. Thomas, 2000)
Research Validates Project-Based Learning - This article highlights the growing body of academic research that supports the use of PBL in schools as a way to engage students, cut absenteeism, boost cooperative learning skills and improve test scores. (Edutopia, 2001)
Web Resources: Project Examples - This site contains links to exemplary projects and structures for students to create and facilitate their own projects to fit their own particular classroom and curriculum needs. (Buck Institute for Education, 2007)
Technology and Beyond: Teachers Learning Through Project-Based Partnerships - This article highlights a teacher partnership model for professional development that's effective in building technology, pedagogy, leadership skills, and collaboration practices that support teacher learning. (Karen A. Cole, Institute for Research on Learning, 1999)Related Links

 

Research Spotlight on Best Practices in Education 
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12 Questions To Promote Self-Knowledge In Students

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What is self-knowledge, and what is the relationship between it and education? 12 questions can help make the connection.

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Learning—here defined as the overall effect of incrementally acquiring, synthesizing, and applying information—changes beliefs. Awareness leads to thoughts, thoughts lead to emotions, and emotions lead to behavior. Learning, therefore, results in both personal and social change through self-knowledge and healthy interdependence. In fact, this may be the truest–and wordiest–definition of 21st century learning possible: intimate, self-directed learning experiences that serve authentic physical and digital communities, ultimately leading to personal and social change.

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

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Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.

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Project Based Learning - An Explanation and Model Rubrics | Free Technology for Teachers

Project Based Learning - An Explanation and Model Rubrics | Free Technology for Teachers | 7-8 Tech Apps PBL | Scoop.it

Last week I had the privilege to work with Tony Vincent to lead a workshop about project based learning. Two of the resources that we shared during the workshop were a video explanation of PBL and set of rubrics from the Buck Institute for Education.


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Debunking Five Myths About Project-Based Learning | Edutopia

John Lerner from the Buck Institute of Education says PBL is more rigorous and more organized than many think.

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