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Is PBL more than “doing projects”?

While supports the benefits of project-based learning (or PBL), it’s not entirely without criticism. PBL is sometimes confused with "doing projects": fun activities at the end of a unit that are often disconnected from content standards and curriculum. PBL is also accused of taking a heavily constructivist approach to learning, and some crit...

What is PBL?

You've probably heard buzz about project-based learning, but what exactly IS it? PBL is a lot more than "doing projects."  Watch the video below to learn what it is (and is not) and read about some of the positive outcomes of PBL .

The most important question to ask when starting PBL

When you start a new unit, do your students know what they will be doing and learning?  Do they understand why?  And do they have a say in any of it? Implementing a driving question can help you answer ‘YES” to each of these questions. 

What is a driving question?

The d...

Student-Created Websites

A student-created website is just one of many ways students can share their work with the world while also providing a forum for creative expression.  A student-created website continues to help them learn communication skills such as presentation, expression, writing, vocabulary, and more. Websites can be a great pu...

What is PBL Academy?

Our project-based learning academy is designed for ALL K-12 teachers. In this three-day experience, participants plan their own PBL unit st...

A Simple Strategy to Manage Projects Better

Motivated by a conversation I recently had with a middle school social studies teacher…

The Context

This middle school social studies class is doing some fairly sizeable and complex projects (the normal stuff when you think about s...

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