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Hi I am going back into the classroom after a 2-year break to complete graduate work, my new school (WHICH I LOVE) curriculum is PBL. I am very excited because I have always tampered with PBL in the past. My question is how do I introduce my students and parents to the concept of PBL? I will be teaching 10th/11th grade US History. Are there any resources for projects in my content area? I have ran across some sources but nothing that peaked my interest.
My school will be on a modified block so I will not have my students everyday, I will be flipping my class hopefully this will help to keep the students up with the lectures.

Any suggestions???


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Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Hi P Douglas,
Are all of the students new to the school? In 10th grade, I'd normally assume that they're in their second year at the school, in which case, the students and parents are already very familiar with PBL if that's the way curriculum is designed there.

If that's the case, you'll get to hit the ground running!

P Douglas's picture

Thanks Dan for your response, no I will have 11th grade also, the school has only been open one year, this year PBL is being rolled out to the entire school, in addition, there are new students enrolling everyday that are not familiar with PBL, I was thinking of creating an infographic and posting on the class website,

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

I'd introduce it to them by having them use PBL. If you have a parent night, you could give them a quick project to create, or you could do something similar with your students in the first few days. I've done something similar (working with Dan, actually) to introduce folks to our Critical Skills Classroom. You can see it here: http://tinyurl.com/CSP-Edcamp

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P Douglas's picture

THANKS LAURA!!! I thought about this for my students, I have been brainstorming with my colleagues today and shared these ideas with them, I APPRECIATE your suggestions, I will be using, thanks

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

Glad to help. Be in touch if there's anything else I can do!

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