What To Do During Student Work Time in PBL


This was originally posted on the Intrepid Ed blog.

At some point in your PBL lifetime, you will get to a point (and perhaps you already have), when you think you have achieved nirvana; the classroom is humming. 
Students are working in groups on the project, they seem to be self-directed based upon what they need/want to know, and are enacting next steps that they generated, or next steps that you helped them generate.

This moment is to be relished, for sure. But don’t sit down. This is a golden opportunity for formative assessment, so that you can understand exactly how the classroom is humming, and where your student groups are going. Too often, teachers will allow this opportunity to slip by, often by sitting down at their desk to attend to the million other tasks they have.  

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