PBL and AP: Resources for Conversation and Consideration
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PBL and AP are often seen as polar opposites. These resources offer suggestions, best practices and advice on the topic.
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Knowledge in Action: "AP+" Project: Research on a Project-Based Learning Approach to AP

Knowledge in Action: "AP+" Project: Research on a Project-Based Learning Approach to AP | PBL and AP: Resources for Conversation and Consideration | Scoop.it

In 2008-09, researchers at the University of Washington and its LIFE Center (Learning in Informal and Formal Environments), together with curriculum specialists and teachers in the Bellevue, Washington, schools, designed and implemented a project-based version of the AP U.S. Government and Politics course. They then used students’ scores on the AP exam as well as new measures to assess students’ deeper learning to compare the effectiveness of this class with a traditionally taught course.

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PBL and AP Webinar Part 1 of 2

AP courses are content heavy and are dictated by the College Board. Thus, teachers often find the most efficient way to "get through" the content is in the traditional lecture-style setting. AP veteran teacher and BIE National Faculty member, Dayna Laur, will take you through the process in which project-based learning allows your students to master AP content rather than merely memorize it. Strategies for maximizing student learning through project-based learning will be discussed, as will ways in which you can align College Board demands with 21st Century learning. Hear ideas on various projects for a variety of AP content areas and get ready to start implementing your own!

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Experts & NewBIEs | Bloggers on Project Based Learning: Can PBL be effective for Advanced Placement Courses?

Experts & NewBIEs | Bloggers on Project Based Learning: Can PBL be effective for Advanced Placement Courses? | PBL and AP: Resources for Conversation and Consideration | Scoop.it

If you teach an AP course, you know all about the concern of covering content! The end goal that all AP teachers push their students toward is receiving a score of a 4 or 5 on the AP exam in May. Thus, content heavy lessons become the daily focus of the course. Unfortunately, this often leads students to merely memorize the information, rather than to truly learn the information.

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Integrating Project-Based Service-Learning into an Advanced Environmental Chemistry Course - Journal of Chemical Education (ACS Publications and Division of Chemical Education)

Integrating Project-Based Service-Learning into an Advanced Environmental Chemistry Course - Journal of Chemical Education (ACS Publications and Division of Chemical Education) | PBL and AP: Resources for Conversation and Consideration | Scoop.it

In an advanced environmental chemistry course, the inclusion of semester-long scientific service projects successfully integrated the research process with course content. Each project involved a unique community-based environmental analysis in which students assessed an aspect of environmental health. The projects were due in small pieces at even intervals, and students worked independently or in pairs. Initially, students wrote a project proposal in which they chose and justified a project. Following a literature review of their topic, they drafted sampling and analysis plans using methods in the literature. Samples were collected and analyzed, and all students assembled scientific posters describing the results of their study. In the last week of the semester, the class traveled to a regional professional meeting to present the posters. In all, students found the experience valuable. They learned to be professional environmental chemists and learned the value of the discipline to community health. Students not only learned about their own project in depth, but they were inspired to learn textbook material, not for an exam, but because it helped them understand their own project. Finally, having a community to answer to at the end of the project motivated students to do careful work.

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The test has been canceled

The test has been canceled | PBL and AP: Resources for Conversation and Consideration | Scoop.it
Final exams are quietly vanishing from college...
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Clarkson University: Project-Based Curricula

Clarkson University: Project-Based Curricula | PBL and AP: Resources for Conversation and Consideration | Scoop.it

Clarkson’s K-12 Partnership Program embraces a project-based learning approach and tailors this learning to the age, interest and grade level of local students. We offer several curricula that were inspired by the expertise of Clarkson’s research faculty and that vary according to theme and targeted grade level.

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AP US Government and Politics Lesson

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Resources from a seasoned AP/PBL teacher.

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Understanding by Design: Essential Questions | huffenglish.com

Understanding by Design: Essential Questions | huffenglish.com | PBL and AP: Resources for Conversation and Consideration | Scoop.it

Wiggins and McTighe define essential questions as “questions that are not answerable with finality in a brief sentence… Their aim is to stimulate thought, to provoke inquiry, and to spark more questions — including thoughtful student questions — not just pat answers” (106). In order to think in terms of questions, “[i]nstead of thinking of content as something to be covered, consider knowledge and skill as the means of addressing questions central to understanding key issues in your subject” (107).

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College of Education — University of Washington

College of Education — University of Washington | PBL and AP: Resources for Conversation and Consideration | Scoop.it

When am I ever going to use this?” lament high school students. “What does this have to do with anything? What does it have to do with me?” The information, lying flat on the page or flashed onscreen in a PowerPoint, often seems inert, boring, irrelevant, a “waste of time.” It’s something to read, memorize, spit out on a test, and forget for the rest of your life.

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PBL and AP Webinar Part 2 of 2

AP courses are content heavy and are dictated by the College Board. Thus, teachers often find the most efficient way to "get through" the content is in the traditional lecture-style setting. AP veteran teacher and BIE National Faculty member, Dayna Laur, will take you through the process in which project-based learning allows your students to master AP content rather than merely memorize it. Strategies for maximizing student learning through project-based learning will be discussed, as will ways in which you can align College Board demands with 21st Century learning. Hear ideas on various projects for a variety of AP content areas and get ready to start implementing your own!

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laurprofessional - AP PBL

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The Advanced Placement Curriculum in a Project Based Learning Environment

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Effects of Problem Based Economics on High School Economics Instruction

REL West conducted a randomized control trial in two Western states that examined the effects of a problem based high school curriculum on students’ proficiency in economics. The study found a significant positive impact for students of teachers who received receive professional development and support in Problem Based Economics compared with their peers.

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CentralPAcff - Project-Based Learning in Science

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Independent Reading Project

In preparation for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition exam, high school students must read many kinds of literature during the year-long course to familiarize themselves with different time periods, movements, philosophies, and genres. Advanced Placement students must learn to think critically, and be ready to find, analyze, and express literary connections through written analysis. The biggest challenge of teaching and learning Advanced Placement English is the difficulty covering the entire scope of literature in two semesters. Twentieth century literature often gets neglected. The pace of the curriculum can also limit the creativity of lesson planning and evaluation. Many teachers rely heavily on lecture, discussion, and a traditional analysis paper.

 

To add some variety to traditional teaching and learning strategies, a teacher might design an independent project where students work in teams and focus collaboratively on a single novel from the twentieth century. Each team would read a selected book and work together to create artifacts that would be shared with the other teams. Through collaborative work and sharing, students would be able to grasp the concepts and connections of several works of literature. The project outlined in section 5 will target twentieth century literature.

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What is PBL? | Project Based Learning | BIE

What is PBL? | Project Based Learning | BIE | PBL and AP: Resources for Conversation and Consideration | Scoop.it

Project Based Learning for the 21st Century... In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student "voice and choice," rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations.

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