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Schools Should Teach Kids To Think, Not Memorize

Schools Should Teach Kids To Think, Not Memorize | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Fourth-grader Scout is struggling to keep her composure during a parent-teacher conference as the teacher expounds upon the character-building aspects of having failed a math quiz. She fixes her tearf
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Great film to stimulate discussion and debate around schooling today.
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The case for project-based learning

The case for project-based learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Far from an educational flash in the pan, project-based learning has been proven to engage and motivate learners, improve comprehension and retention, aid the transfer of knowledge to new contexts, lead to better collaboration, and help students master critical-thinking skills.
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A strong case for PBL made here.

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Article useful for QT Rounds discussions

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For Gold Standard PBL, What Matters Most for Teachers? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

For Gold Standard PBL, What Matters Most for Teachers? | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
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Great list of teacher considerations for effectively using Project Based Learning. Love, "Get comfortable with messier learning"!

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Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths

Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
It's time to tackle myths like project-based learning is mostly fluff and not academically rigorous. See other PBL misnomers and read how they deserve myth-busting.
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Good insights into value of Project Based Learning and differentiation with "old school" projects. "They rightly describe PBL as main-course learning, not dessert." Nice.

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The Power of the 4Cs: The Foundation for Creating a Gold Standard for Project Based Learning (PBL) | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

The Power of the 4Cs: The Foundation for Creating a Gold Standard for Project Based Learning (PBL) | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
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God overview of PBL focusing the 4Cs: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication.

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Getting into the PBL Groove

Getting into the PBL Groove | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Let your students know from day one that they're in a PBL classroom by defining PBL and setting the tone for collaboration, critique, and questioning.
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Good tips for creating a classroom environment conducive to PBL.

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

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
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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Great "skills" to focus on any time of the school year: critical researching, meaningful work, follow passions and explore teachers' resources.

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8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century
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Great benefits of project-based learning in developing these 21st century skills.

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Key Elements of Project-Based Learning

Want to design a great PBL activity? Follow these step-by-step tips.
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Another useful overview and tips for successful PBL.

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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Scientists have come a long way in understanding how the brain generates creative ideas. Their work can inform classroom structures if educators want to inspire more creativity in students.
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Not surprisingly, giving students freedom allows them to be more creative. PBL is good for this.

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What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn? | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
What keeps students motivated to learn? Relevance, connections, and their teachers' emotional investment, among just a few criteria.
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Great points about what makes students motivated to learn from a small panel of students. Exam marks is not on the list.

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Focus on Audience for Better PBL Results

Focus on Audience for Better PBL Results | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
At the end of a project-based learning (PBL) experience, students typically share what they have learned or discovered with an audience. Depending on the project, students might publish their work onl
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The importance of audience in PBL activities. 

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5 Tips for Flipping Your PBL Classroom

5 Tips for Flipping Your PBL Classroom | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
I am of course a huge project-based learning (PBL) nerd and advocate. I am also an advocate for the flipped classroom, yet at the same time I also have my concerns about flipping a classroom. This mo
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Flipped teaching and project based learning working in tandem.

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LEARNING LEADING CHANGE: Blue Sky High - five things every secondary school should implement...now

LEARNING LEADING CHANGE: Blue Sky High - five things every secondary school should implement...now | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
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Some great food for thought for organisation of schools. (Thanks, Brenda.)

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Wayne Cox's comment, February 7, 2016 7:49 PM
Particularly like the "do less" issue!
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No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects

No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and...
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An integrated, PBL approach to learning. Will other nations follow?

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PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students

PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
The PBL pilot program rollout continues as two adventurous teachers open lines of communication with parents and engage their fifth graders with a driving question.
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Two benefits of PBL.

 

"The 2014 version of the annual "Job Skills" survey given by the National Association of Colleges and Employers listed "Ability to work in a team structure" as their number one desired trait in future employees.

 

Recent literature by Dr. Tony Wagner and Paul Tough demonstrates the need for students to be as adaptable with their physical, emotional, and cognitive selves as they are in understanding core content knowledge."

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Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions
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Great list of essential questions across a range of areas. Good for inquiry based projects.

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Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it

Putting kids to work on meaningful projects can transform classrooms into beehives of inquiry and discovery, but relatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works. An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.

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Benefits of PBL in Science classrooms - applicable to all areas. Engagement and deep learning. 

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Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems

Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Across the globe, we are experiencing rapid changes to our environment and social structures. Climate change, population growth, and social unrest are causing ever increasing problems. The rate of change…
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Great to see the benefits of integrated projects like the Year 7 CBL on sustainability. Thanks, Marco.

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The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning

The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning
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A good outline of the differences between projects and project based learning.

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Grit Happens in PBL

Grit Happens in PBL | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Looking for practical applications of grit? Try project-based learning and move beyond character education to teach students how stuff gets done in the real world.
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Grit (resilience) and project based learning. Benefits of PBL to character education.

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Main Course Not Dessert (by BIE) | Project Based Learning | BIE

Main Course Not Dessert (by BIE) | Project Based Learning | BIE | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
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Good overview of PBL and how it is more than just "doing a project".

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The Overflowing Froth of Realness: Iowa BIG | ThinkThankThunk

The Overflowing Froth of Realness: Iowa BIG | ThinkThankThunk | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
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Authentic PBL in action.

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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.
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A challenge for all teachers- making sure we try to create "work that matters" and not just work.

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The 8 Essential Elements of Project Based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Essential Elements of Project Based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
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Eight essential elements of PBL to make it meaningful and engaging.

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