Project-Based Learning

iLEAD Schools Creating Authentic, High Quality Project-Based Learning Environments – Education Article

As a longtime project-based learning (PBL) practitioner, facilitator and advocate, I am continually on the lookout for a school, or school system, that has not only embraced PBL as pedagogy but is truly making it a reality as a daily practice. Many educational systems are talking a big game of deeper and more personalized inquiry-based learning, but a visit will typically reveal that they often lack the culture, creativity, and commitment to necessary elements that facilitate high-quality PBL for all…

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The Superhero Schools of Philadelphia – Education Article

By: Chris Unger Much like Tom Vander Ark, wherever I go I make sure to visit the schools that are “doing school” differently. Upon visiting Philly recently, I was so moved by the schools I visited that I felt compelled to share what I saw, particularly because they were all working to simultaneously address the challenges of poverty their students were growing up in and providing them with the kind of authentic, agency-oriented learning practices more often seen in the…

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How New Models are Preparing Students for the Future of Work – Education Article

Today’s students will be an integral part of tomorrow’s workforce. This statement is no truer now than it was 20 years ago, or in 1980, 1960, 1940 or 1920. Yet the characteristics of this group have drastically changed over time, evolving with (and sometimes in anticipation of) societal shifts due to political, technological and cultural influences. The newest generation to come of age—Gen Z—is currently engaged in studies from middle school through college, or just beginning a career. Though infrastructure…

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The 3 Preconditions of PBL – Education Article

The lure of the classroom is a monthly series chronicling the author’s decision to go from classroom to boardroom and back again. In this third edition, he focuses on the preconditions for doing high-quality PBL. The post The 3 Preconditions of PBL appeared first on Getting Smart. This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by David Ross Read Full Article

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Tips for Starting a Podcast – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Justice Rising and ViewSonic This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   I have had my own podcast for six years now. I love doing it, partly because it doesn’t require me to dress up, put makeup on, or leave the house. I also love it because I…

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Why Schools Need Research and Design Space – Education Article

“This morning kids were 3D printing some new designs. They were joined by a group working on a geometry problem. At lunch time, the Code Club worked on their snake robots (ironically coded in Python), then a team worked on unicorn designs. After the Engineering and Physics class, a group of kids worked on four panes that illustrate The Kite Runner.” Jayne Everson, Director of Robotics + Engineering and R+D Experience Lead at ​Beaver Country Day School​ summarized the eclectic…

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Driven By Equity, Solving Community Challenges – Education Article

Over the last five years, only 38 students from underrepresented minority groups who attended Indianapolis Public Schools were accepted and went on to attend Purdue University (an hour drive away). Purdue Polytechnic High School (@PurduePolyHS) is trying to change that. The two-year-old high school, created in partnership with Purdue, serves 260 kids in two grades. At full enrollment, it will engage about 550 learners in real-world design challenges. Before launching Poly, Scott Bess (@ScottBessIndy) led an innovative adult education center. During many planning year conversations,…

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How To ‘Pull’ Deeper Learning Through PBL – – Education Article

  How To “Pull” Deeper Learning Through PBL by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD One criticism of constructivist, some might say progressive, education (and in particular PBL) is that it lacks ‘real content’ learning by students. This might be true of poor constructivist teachers in the same way that it’s likely true of poor traditional, more didactic teachers. In TeachThought Podcast discussions and other blog pieces, I have argued that quality PBL design and implementation is quite effective in helping…

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Re-imagining the High School Experience – Education Article

When we think of an engaging high school experience, we think of one that encourages students to pursue their passions, provides them with opportunities to work on meaningful real-world projects and opens their eyes to new ways of thinking about complex issues through the use of the design thinking process. This is the type of learning environment that the CUBE School envisions and is one that students in Denver will have an opportunity to experience first-hand, beginning in August 2019. Reimagining High…

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6 Creative Classroom Project Ideas – Education Article

By: Adam Welcome I’ve heard it over and over again for the past ten years: “Our kids will have jobs that haven’t even been created yet.” But how do we get kids ready for jobs that haven’t yet been created? We overhaul the classroom projects we’re doing with kids to help reflect the world we live in and the jobs they’ll someday have. No more dioramas.No more mobiles.No more incessant coloring.No more trifold cardboard presentations for the science fair.No more PowerPoint presentations. It’s…

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The World I Want to Live In – Education Article

By: Corey Mohn There was a study done years ago where people in the workforce were asked whether or not they consider themselves in a job, a career, or a calling. Only one in eight people in the workforce said I am in a place of calling right now. The future that I want is where every single person – 100% – are in a place of calling. That’s the world I want to live in. Now we know this is…

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Student Pushback Is Frustrating, but It Made Me a Better Teacher – Education Article

I was driving to work listening to Dan Carlin’s political podcast “Common Sense.” Carlin was explaining how to make history relevant to all students, whether it’s the history of hip-hop music, the evolution of the coffee industry or a person you pass on the street. What stayed with me that day: everything and everyone has a history—but history doesn’t matter to students if it’s not relevant to their own lives. As a high school history teacher with 15 years of…

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6 Tips For PBL Planning Across Content Areas – – Education Article

One of the weaknesses of our modern education system is that content has become so siloed that students rarely see the connections between subjects or connections with their world. Integrated projects can break down these walls when students investigate authentic problems that cross subject lines.   I have team-taught social studies with English and math with science. I have also designed numerous projects that integrated multiple content areas. Integrated projects can be challenging to plan and manage, even for experienced…

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Learning Gardens Provide Equity, Access and Great Food – Education Article

Do you know where your food comes from? Do you know how your fruits and vegetables are grown and when they are in season? In a rush to get dinner on the table we’ve become a culture so disconnected from the food we eat. Often, we are faced with choosing cheap and processed food options over seeking out locally grown produce. Personally, food is my love language. Its how I show people I love them and breaking bread with someone…

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Brain Research, Creativity and Project-Based Learning – Education Article

For the last 25 years, I’ve been exploring in practice and theory models of inquiry, in particular, project-based learning. In February I’ll publish a new book, Models of Inquiry – Explained, that examines that work and highlights the commonality between the dozen or so models that dominate the K-12 landscape. A growing body of research seems to point in the direction that inquiry is an effective method of achieving positive student outcomes in content knowledge and 21st Century Skills. But of course…

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