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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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Seventh Grade science teacher from Orinda, California

What's SEL?

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I know I should know but... :-)

10th grade Social Studies

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I know I should know but... :-)

Social Emotional Learning :) Thanks for asking. There's a community on Edutopia about it.

Incorporating social skills into the PBL model

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Hello everyone,

After researching scholarly articles, I have come across PBL and I am excited to start incorporating this new teaching approach in my classroom. As a special education teacher, I lead a social skills group with children with behavioral issues every morning. Does anybody have any suggestions of how to incorporate a problem-based learning service project with a group of three students?

Project Based Learning

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We're launching PBL in our elementary school and I am looking for classroom teachers to communicate with Stratford Elementary School classroom teachers as they transition current interdisciplinary themes to a more project based learning approach. We're looking for like minded teachers who have similar themes as starting places. Sarah Binder

Launching Project Based Learning

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We are a small rural school in central Iowa that utilizes multiage classrooms with co-teaching and lots of integration of technology as a tool for learning and sharing. We are launching Project Based Learning schoolwide (preschool-6). We are looking for teachers who have similar interdisciplinary themes as starting points for launching projects. We currently use interdisciplinary themes and we are learning how and transitioning themes to a project based learning approach. Current themes include: careers and our community, water, rebuilding our nation, and fire safety. Sarah Binder

curriculum and projects learning centers

for Jon Reineck: PBL Starter Curriculum in Science and Arts

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Hi John,

I realize that your message was posted about 5 months ago, but if you receive this reply let me know here at PBL or via my Profile contact information. Then I can give you a free General Science Fun Curriculum about "The Engineering of Everyday Things" suitable for Middle School and HS: multimedia activities, writng across the curriculum, arts & crafts constructions, creating a Wiki for your Classroom etc.

Allen Berg

HS Math Teacher/Academic Coach

I'm a high school math

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I'm a high school math teacher, and have started using some project ideas in geometry. I have done things like using the vocabulary to create a story, rap song, etc., having students design a school, create a miniature golf hole, and design 3 holes of a golf course. The vocabulary project we do in the first semester, the rest have been culminating events for the course. I am attempting to incorporate more projects into the course for learning, rather than assessment. I keep getting stuck on the open-ended part. It appears that mathematics projects will tend to have a more solid answer. Is this correct, or am I missing something? Some of my ideas are to have students design a ferris wheel for the world's fair, we did design and build kites for a polygon unit, and design a living community. Would love feedback.

9-12 Mathematics & geometry teacher, Project manager

PBL in Math

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Hi, I am going to start to teach secondary mathematics this year and I wonder whether there are good textbooks designed for PBL based math activities. Do you have any secondary school PBL based math textbook suggestions ?
I heard that Key Curriculum is good. Is it so ?

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High School Geometry Adventure Wikispace by Allen Berg

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Dear Riza,

I have created a visual arts PBL Discovery Learning HS Geometry Wikispace at: https://hsgeometryadventure.wikispaces.com
It has about 70 pages and over 200 online PBL Geometry Links, some of which are Internet Math Portals that lead to unending resources and curriculae and links...

The Foundational curriculum unit is called "Engineering of Everyday Things: Structure and Function; Analysis of a Whole and its Parts".
Check those pages in sequence, and also just browse around the alphabetically titled pages and activities... and have fun...

Please visit and use whatever activities you wish, and I would welcome your classroom participation in sharing the projects that your students create by posting them at our wikispace.

Wikis are all about collaboration and students projects to share.
If you have any comments or questions feel free to email me c/o the wikispace or c/o www.edutopia.com here at our PBL Group.

Sincerely,

Allen Berg

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