Top 6 PBL News Stories


Aug. 28- Sept. 1, 2017

Each Friday we post a list of articles, blog posts, research studies, and other resources we’ve run across that relate to Project Based Learning.

Here’s what we liked this week:

Would You Rather Be Traditional or Prepare Students for the Future?
Getting Smart
Teacher and blogger Amber Chandler explains how she creates and manages her 5th grade PBL classroom, which includes a spring “passion project” for every student.

The Gig Economy Isn’t Coming; It’s Here. What Does that Mean for Education?
“Jobs are broken down into projects” more and more in today’s “project based economy” says Jason Swanson, Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks—and our education system needs to change to reflect this reality.

In Search of the Driving Question
Andrew Miller, a long-time member of BIE’s National Faculty, offers helpful guidance on how to write a good DQ for a project.

One Trick to Pitching a Blended Learning Plan
Education Elements
I like how Heather Staker’s imagined pitch to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan features PBL, with a story of a student “moving at his own pace through personal playlists to master core skills and then meeting with his team to complete interdisciplinary quests.”

Keeping It Real and Relevant: Building Authentic Relationships in Your Diverse Classroom
This great-sounding new book by Ignacio Lopez emphasizes the importance of relationship-building for student success--which connects to the Project Based Teaching Practices “Engage and Coach” and “Build the Culture.”

EIF Presents XQ Super School Live
XQ Super School
This broadcast TV program about new, innovative high schools airs Friday evening, Sept. 8—many XQ schools use PBL, so check it out!


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