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Curriculum Planning

Looking for ways to develop dynamic, compelling, and standards-based course content and activities? This is the place to start.

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A middle-school language arts teacher takes us through her step-by-step process for designing project-based units that are Common Core aligned.

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Teaching the '60s and the Art of the Film

Your input is requested to help program an American Studies course for spring 2015 that will teach political and cultural history through the filmmaker's lens.

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8 Weeks of Free Teacher Resources for Back to School

All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference.

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The Hattie Effect: What's Essential for Effective PBL?

Check out how John Hattie's research is demystifying what works in education and how this relates to project-based learning.

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A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 5

Learn about the advisory classes at Envision Schools where students talk about school or personal issues, work on action plans for tackling projects, and get help in a wide variety of areas.

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Computer Science: The Future of Education

Robust computer science curriculum is necessary for our society's future. Here are five steps to engage teachers and students in this critical area of study.

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How to Design Right-Sized Challenges

Design student projects that hit the sweet spot -- relevant to real life, challenging enough to be interesting, and achievable for diverse learners.

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Avoiding Common Mistakes When Implementing SEL

Social and emotional learning expert Dr. Maurice Elias describes SEL implementation challenges and offers up suggestions for overcoming these common obstacles.

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Practical PBL Series: Design an Instructional Unit in Seven Phases

In this first of a three-part series, teacher and blogger Amber Graeber presents the Seven Phases of a Project Cycle, a practical breakdown of how you might guide your students through a PBL unit.

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Lesson 1: How to Draw in 2-D and 3-D

Teach your students how to sketch polygons and objects in perspective.

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Common Core in Action Series

A growing collection of grade-level and subject-specific resources for Common Core-aligned lessons.

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My PBL Pet Peeves: 4 Common Misconceptions

Andrew Miller firmly addresses some common misunderstandings about PBL, including the ideas that projects are lessons and the public audience can be random.

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Change the Subject: Making the Case for Project-Based Learning

High Tech High's Larry Rosenstock and Rob Riordan advocate for providing students with 21st-century skills, instead of focusing just on mastery of the "big four" subject areas -- science, math, English, and social studies.

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Six Affirmations for PBL Teachers

Blogger Andrew Miller provides six affirmations detailing why Project-Based Learning teachers are the rockstars of their profession.

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Use PBL to Innovate the Music Classroom

Blogger Andrew Miller suggests unpacking the standards for music education and creating student projects that will fulfill those instructional goals in engaging new ways.

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