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The concept of project-based

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The concept of project-based learning reminds me of a Chinese proverb that I really like:

"Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”

MIT Student

As a student studying PBL and

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As a student studying PBL and Technology in Education it does seem overwhelming. I would like to incorporate both in my future classroom. PBL seems like a great way to really deepen the level of learning. I would like to see more examples of lesson plans for elementary PBL. Thank you for the words of caution.

Biology teacher, Appomattox, VA.

Flipped classrooms and

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Flipped classrooms and Project based learning. I am all for working towards these goals. Of course, in the middle of a school year is a little overwhelming to try to do. I am looking to network with others that can assist and point me in the right direction of working towards these goals. I am new to this but excited. I do have concerns. One is that i need to make sure that my students are mastering the material in preparation for the End of Course test (our state Standard of Learning ). I would be grateful for any help. I can e-mail, Skype, work with others, etc. My school email: frpickrel@appomattox.k12.va.us I look forward to this exciting challenge.

Middle School Technology Teacher

First PBL Project - I Went Crazy

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Yep, this behemoth was based on a model that said 12-15 hours of instruction time. It's already at 15, and we're about half-way there. I will say, it has been fun, and I am seeing a gleam in the students' eyes. Our project is about what's happening on our campus--a new building is being built this year--and, in my technology class, I'm awaking the students to greater awareness of their immediate surroundings by having them create a media project--video, game, animation, fashion statement--that persuades people to share their viewpoint about whether the sacrifice to our ecology represented by our construction site is worth the value the building will have for our school's future.

It's finally starting to bear fruit as all the prep is drawing to a close and I'm seeing them interact with stakeholders and watching them be amazed by some discoveries--or maybe their just finally understanding what their mad-scientist of a technology teacher has been ranting about for the last three weeks. As you can tell from this comment, I could use a little work on being concise in my explanations!

Seventh Grade science teacher from Orinda, California

Getting started with PBL

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I've been learning how to do PBL for several years now. Here's a blog entry that might be helpful, based off of an awful lot of trials and errors and some success too: http://takeactionscience.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/yeah-yeah-yeah-but-how...

Secondary Education student in Chicago

Examples

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This is in response to James Lotter's question about pbl planning: examples abound right here on Edutopia, and some of the most helpful (imo) are contained in the feature on King Middle School. This article takes you through the planning process for a project: http://www.edutopia.org/stw-maine-project-based-learning-six-steps-planning. You are right, however, to try to communicate that pbl is a process, not a product. It is work that is guided by teachers but created by students, so it's never going to be as simple as following someone else's premade plan. You set up structures and expectations, within which the students (or student teams) have the freedom to inquire, explore, and iterate.

Host and Co-Creator of Virtual Science University

Completing Class Projects Is Not PBL

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My opinion is many teachers confuse these two methods of content delivery. With PBL, you have to make sure those students are taking their finished product outside of their classmates and teacher. I have seen many teachers believe they are doing PBL when all they are doing is finishing a project and presenting it to the class. That is not PBL!!! I have PBL Activities in my Environmental Stewardship Lecture and the 3R's Lecture. After they listen to my lecture and do the Project Based Learning Activity, they are motivated to make decisions around their learning and engage themselves in monitoring the flow of aluminum cans, plastic bottles, white paper, and other materials in the school. Then they make decisions about making a profit from the sale of aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Then they approach the school and school district to monitor the amount of energy they were using, then they approach the school about building a botanical garden and planting shade trees...I can go on and on...to learn more, visit my site at www.virtualscienceuniversity.com and listen to lesson two on Recycle, Reduce, Reuse and lesson three on Environmental Stewardship and Scientific Analysis.

high school English, Academy of Environmental and Social Policy

Implementation question

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I am wondering if there are good online sources for examples of pbl lesson plans. We are diving into pbl this year and the hardest thing to communicate to co-workers is that this is about planning and methodology, not just projects. It would really help me communicate this if some daily lessons and start-to-finish planning examples were available. Anyone?

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