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PBL Planning

Learn how to prepare for project-based learning's challenges, freedoms, and results -- it can feel chaotic, but there's more intention and structure here than it seems!

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"Fitting In" PBL

Read about how four teachers fit PBL into their curriculum through scalable projects that challenged and enriched students while meeting the standards.

5 PBL Best Practices for Redefining the Teacher's Role

PBL changes a teacher's traditional role through framing the learning, helping students develop ideas, consulting as they revise, and encouraging feedback, reflection, and authentic presentations.

Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths

It's time to tackle myths like project-based learning is mostly fluff and not academically rigorous. See other PBL misnomers and read how they deserve myth-busting.

A World of Project Ideas (You Can Steal)

To get off to a flying start planning this summer, borrow good project ideas from other teachers and adapt them to fit your context.

Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning

Explore Edutopia's curated compilation of online resources for understanding and beginning to implement project-based learning.

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Turn Traditional Units of Study into Deeper Learning Experiences

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How School Leaders Set the Stage for PBL Success

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A World of Project Ideas (You Can Steal)

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How School Leaders Set the Stage for PBL Success

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Turn Traditional Units of Study into Deeper Learning Experiences

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The Boss Level Challenge: Designing and Doing

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Completed Project Form

Download a completed teacher PBL planning form, originally created by the Buck Institute for Education and filled out by teachers Mary Mobley and Michael Chambers at Manor New Technology High School.

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Blank Project Form

Download a blank teacher PBL planning form, originally created by the Buck Institute for Education.

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Expeditionary Learning Checklist

Download an Expeditionary Learning checklist from King Middle School that outlines steps and sub-steps for planning quality project-based learning.

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Turn Traditional Units of Study into Deeper Learning Experiences

A third grade class asked why their state, Rhode Island, had no official state insect when 46 other states did. Read what happened next.

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How School Leaders Set the Stage for PBL Success

Whether the goal is for projects to happen occasionally or every day, lasting results require thoughtful school leadership.

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Use PBL to Inspire Passion and Teach Lifelong Learning

Along with teaching students the required content, PBL teaches them skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and accountability, self-regulation, and reflection.

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A PBL Unit: Critiquing the Value of Daylight Saving Time

Using project-based learning, a middle-school teacher proposes tackling with students the antiquated practice of Daylight Saving Time.

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Emphasize Real Problems to Boost STEM Learning

Interested in creating more student-driven learning experiences, especially in the STEM? Check out these resources and ideas.

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"Fitting In" PBL

Read about how four teachers fit PBL into their curriculum through scalable projects that challenged and enriched students while meeting the standards.

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PBL Pilot: 4 Strategies to Implement and Spread PBL in Your School

Two fifth grade teachers advocate trust, respect, and inclusion when sharing the practices and results of their PBL pilot program with on-site colleagues.

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Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

Blogger Suzie Boss shares 20 ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.

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An Introduction to Project-Based Learning
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An Introduction to Project-Based Learning

In this hands-on approach to teaching, students create schoolwork that demonstrates core subject knowledge.

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Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

Blogger Andrew Miller offers six simple, effective approaches to differentiated instruction in project-based learning.

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Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning
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Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning

Well-designed project-based learning (PBL) has been shown to result in deeper learning and engaged, self-directed learners. Learn more about the five core elements of successful PBL.

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Getting Started With Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don't Go Crazy)

If you're new to project-based learning, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller eases you into the approach with four suggestions to help you stay sane and begin mastering PBL.

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Project-Based Learning Professional Development Guide

An overview of the Edutopia professional development guide for teaching how to use project-based learning in the classroom.

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How to Write Effective Driving Questions for Project-Based Learning

Good driving questions are written to help guide the teacher and the student.

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