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Constructing a PBL classroom... the first weeks of school

Rachel Pickett 10th grade Social Studies

Hi,

The beginning of the year is fast approaching! I'm new to PBL and a pretty new teacher and I want to start off the year strong.

I thought we could share effective ways we start the year (curriculum, rules, activities, routines). How do you set up a PBL classroom? What rules and procedures/expectations/routines do you start setting up?

What are your classroom rules? Here are the rules I'm thinking of (they're NOT finalized). I want no more than 3-4. Rules can set students up to develop their abilities to collaborate, communicate, create, and reflect. These abilities are fundamental to PBL.

Here's my stab at creating rules that set up students well. I welcome your critique and wisdom.

- Think from different perspectives
- Speak your mind and listen to others
- Do the right thing even when no one is looking
- Communicate constructively
- Take risks

This discussion can become a resource for PBL classroom structure...

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I am looking for suggestions or a place to start finding ideas for a 4th grade reading class.

Maybe your kids could investigate how reading is used in the real world?

Share from the start

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I have had a great experience in the PBL camp, and I'm 100% committed to it. One lesson learned is if you're working with someone in the classroom , they need involvement from the start. I've been working with PBL campers on some great ideas, but my "live" partner isn't thrilled by our concepts. She needs ownership too. So, we start from scratch today, the kids arrive Monday. Feel free to follow our saga at http://cdat.laniers.org

Learning Styles Grouping

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One experiment I plan is grouping by learning styles. I'm going to have all of my PBL kids take the edutopia quiz (http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-learning-styles-quiz), discuss what the categories mean. Then they fill out a Google Form so I can use the resulting spreadsheet to pair them by similarity of style. I just wish there were a good algorithm to help me with this. I'll be posting a blog about it.

Hi All, I too am starting PBL

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Hi All, I too am starting PBL this year as per a directive from administration. How do we balance some knowledge base that are standards, such as science/balancing chemical equations with driving question projects? Do we have mini seminars on such content? Overall, how do we start with the balance of pbl to direct instruction for students who have had minimal experience with pbl?

Hey guys, I do some work with

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Hey guys,
I do some work with the Adobe Education Exchange which is an online community for Educators. It's an excellent resource for lesson plan ideas and I thought some of you might be interested in it since many of you are gearing up for the start of a new school year. The AEE is also hosting a contest where members who submit lesson plans during the month of August are entered into a drawing for the Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection and other prizes. Check out the site for more info.

Adobe wish

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If Adobe would give kids a 6 - 12 month license instead of 30 days, like Autodesk does, that would help SO much.

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Hey guys,I do some work with the Adobe Education Exchange which is an online community for Educators. It's an excellent resource for lesson plan ideas and I thought some of you might be interested in it since many of you are gearing up for the start of a new school year. The AEE is also hosting a contest where members who submit lesson plans during the month of August are entered into a drawing for the Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection and other prizes. Check out the sitefor more info.

Andre

Standards and PBL

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Hi John -
I see the Standards as an asset and challenge. It is my job to teach them. The difference: ask the kids how to do so. I'm starting my first collaborative PBL, digital media with Language Arts (English) for 9th graders. I prioritize the English standards, because my district does. We're starting the year with more "activity-based learning" to get the kids active, responsible. They're not so creative to start the year. The second project starts today, and they do have choices of demonstrating the standards, and method of learning them too. In my AP Comp Sci class, one of my greatest skills was leaving the brilliant kids alone to help each other, stepping in on request. They always passed, mostly with 5, the top score.

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Hey guys,I do some work with the Adobe Education Exchange which is an online community for Educators. It's an excellent resource for lesson plan ideas and I thought some of you might be interested in it since many of you are gearing up for the start of a new school year. The AEE is also hosting a contest where members who submit lesson plans during the month of August are entered into a drawing for the Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection and other prizes. Check out the sitefor more info.

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If Adobe would give kids a 6 - 12 month license instead of 30 days, like Autodesk does, that would help SO much.

Hey Mike,

Thanks for the feedback. I will definitely pass it along. In the mean time, just wanted to let you know that students and educators have the ability to purchase Adobe Student and Teacher Editions at up to 80% off. It's a good way to save money if you're a fan of the software.

Librarian, Meade Heights ES, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

When I work with teachers to

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When I work with teachers to plan long term projects for their students, we start with the planning process we want our students to use to map out how they will meet the teachers goals (we use the Big6 for our model). Then, the teacher and I work through the project requirements and create a model project. This way, we can see what might need to be changed in the task, figure out how much time the students will need for research, writing/storyboarding/creating, and how much time we will need to assess the projects and give the students meaningful feedback at each stage of the project. We also make sure to build in opportunities for the students to reflect on their own work and how they completed the process.

PBL

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The new GPS curriculum in Math in GA is all Standards Based Classroom and Performance Based Learning. The students do Learning Tasks to discover math concepts. This is done K-12. Visit the website georgiastandards.org. You will find the frameworks for the tasks. Hope this helps.

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