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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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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? | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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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Some Key Elements of CBL

Some Key Elements of CBL | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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A good overview of some of the key aspects of Challenge Based Learning.

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Six Ways To Motivate Students To Learn

Six Ways To Motivate Students To Learn | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Scientific research has shown us ways to get the learning juices flowing. Here are six ways to motivate students to learn.
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Connect very well to PBL strategies.

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PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students

PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students | Newington Professional Reading | 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

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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? | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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

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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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | 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 | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Eight essential elements of PBL to make it meaningful and engaging.

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Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
At the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), we've been keeping a list of the many types of "_____- based learning" we've run across over the years:


Case-based learning
Challenge-based learning
Commu
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Benefits of project based and problem based learning.

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Knowledge in Action Research Helping to Make the Case for Rigorous Project-based Learning

Knowledge in Action Research Helping to Make the Case for Rigorous Project-based Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
KIA Research Table of Contents:

Introduction to the Study

PBL Course Design
Student Demographics
Results to Date
Next Steps
Resources




To succeed in today’s complex, dynamic, and globally con
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Interesting findings from Knowledge in Action Research Project in the US on the benefits of PBL on AP exam scores. Would be interested to see how PBL affects HSC and IB?

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