Tag Archives: PBL

‘Making’ Does Not Equal ‘Constructionism’

‘Making’ is about empowering students to ‘make up’ their own minds. ‘Making’ is about empowering students to ‘make up’ their own minds—quite literally—regardless of the artifacts being constructed. This is the view I prefer to take. ‘Making’ should focus on … Continue reading

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Losing Control When Students Take Over.

In previous years we have started school with a week of orientation. We did team building activities, had a huge, crazy scavenger hunt, and had students on a high ropes course. Although we felt those were successful approaches to the … Continue reading

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Project Based Learning: Don’t Start with a Question

End with a Question through Tinkering-Based Learning Do you have to start project-based learning (PBL) with a question? (Oh, wait a second! Am I starting this post with a question?) This is something many people ask. I understand why this … Continue reading

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Action Research- Fun and Learning?

  by  mrsdkrebs Rationale Statement: My seventh grade teaching colleagues and I returned from Christmas break with a new direction.  We are realizing more and more within the context of our inquiry based school that to authentically teach inquiry learning skills, we … Continue reading

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Objects to Start Inquiry

We started our first project this week. Our entry event went very well. Rather than explain it I will show it to you and let you see if you can figure it out for yourself. The students were given these … Continue reading

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Student Designed Curriculum

This was originally posted on my blog Concrete Classroom. Last year was my first year at a new PBL high school. Before school started I created a year-long scope and sequence of what topics our projects would be and what … Continue reading

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Dreaming #PBL: Whatever It Is I Think I See Becomes a PBL to Me!

Whatever it is I think I see becomes a PBL to me! [sung to the tune of 1977 Tootsie Roll commercial embedded below] If you were alive and watching TV in the mid to late 1970s, then perhaps you remember this … Continue reading

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Pop the Driving Question

  I never quite sure what to post to this blog, but Edna asked me to cross-post this from my blog. It is part of a series that I am writing (I will be continuing it as I have time) … Continue reading

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Confused? Frustrated? Good!

This past summer our staff attended a training for all schools starting a New Tech school this year. There have been 18 new high schools opened across the U.S. this year. There were also teachers from four schools in Australia … Continue reading

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An inquiry of my own…

‘Inquire Within’ is a blog for discussion about inquiry, where teachers can learn from and with other teachers, a shared investigation into what inquiry looks like in different contexts and an opportunity to share challenges and successes. So far, so good. It … Continue reading

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