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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.

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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.

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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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Project Week - A Week to Do Whatever You Want

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5 Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning

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What Can Kids Do for Earth Day (and Beyond)?

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5 Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning

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Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

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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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Experts Weigh in on What Kids Can Do for Earth Day (and Beyond)

At a recent student leaders summit, experts encouraged students to help create a clean energy future. Here are a few messages worth sharing just in time for Earth Day 2016.

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What Can Kids Do for Earth Day (and Beyond)?

If enough students are motivated to take action, there should be no shortage of human energy to tackle the environmental challenges ahead. How do your students plan to make a difference this Earth Day and beyond? 

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Strategies for Multi-Grade-Level PBL Projects

By building in similar learning objectives, starting from different driving questions, and working in flexible learning spaces, PBL projects can foster collaboration between different grade levels.

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Student Innovators Take Local Action on Global Climate Challenge

See what happens when a group of high school students pitch energy-saving proposals to a panel of entrepreneurs, professors, and sustainability experts.

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STEAM + Project-Based Learning: Real Solutions From Driving Questions

At Charles R. Drew Charter School, third-grade students use PBL to prepare for the next Snowpocalypse.

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District Support Strategies for a PBL Launch

District administrations can help streamline PBL implementation by removing traditional barriers to change, crucially conversing with parents and other staff, and providing emotional support.

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Project-Based Learning Research Review: Avoiding Pitfalls

The challenges many teachers face in implementing project-based learning well are not to be taken lightly, but we've compiled a list of strategies to avert the most common issues educators face.

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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

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

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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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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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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.

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Using Project-Based Learning to Teach World Languages

World Languages community discussion group facilitator Don Doehla uses project-based learning to teach foreign language and meet state standards. He supplies three lessons as examples.

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