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Mreagan High school chemistry teacher from Lexington South Carolina

I am moving to an Expeditionary school (EL) in the fall of 2013. I teach chemistry and need some ideas for project based learning. Let me know if you have any ideas or resources you can direct me to. Thanks.

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Try this sight

http://www.hightechhigh.org/pbl/index.html

Hi, I am going to write a

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Hi, I am going to write a proposal in Philosophy of Education or Teaching Philosophy to children for my PHD Interview and I need help. I will be thankful if someone helps me.

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Hi Maryam! What kind of

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Hi Maryam!

What kind of help do you need? Are there specific questions we can answer?

Hi Whitney I need some new

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Hi Whitney
I need some new ideas that I can use in creative learning and some new ideas about making students to learn thinking. I need to know how can I make students to think philosophically. I want to have some new ideas that I can research about them in my project.
Thank you for your attention

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Hi Maryam! If you are

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Hi Maryam!

If you are thinking about chemistry, what's better than to teach kids about chemistry than through cooking? Cook's illustrated has great articles about why you have to use cold butter, for example, to get a tender pie crust or why using a certain technique when cooking pasta works best. These demonstrate all sorts of principles abut osmosis, starches, osmosis, dissolving, precipitates and more. By helping kids do something fun (cooking) and demonstrating the science and chemistry behind it at the same time, you could have a perfect PBL based project, adjustable for different age ranges. You can actually even ask deeper questions about everything from how baking bread, and letting bread rise brought communities together and away from nomadic lifestyles, etc. Cross curricular implications as well!

That's just an off the top of my head idea- do you just want chemistry or other subjects as well? This is a fun brain storming topic!

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While I love the idea of

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While I love the idea of combining cooking and chemistry, Maryam mentioned in another thread that she teaches Philosophy. :-)

You know what might be an interesting idea? To have the students write a choose-your-own-adventure book. The premise behind these kinds of books is that the reader makes choices as they read that affects the progression of the story.

For example, the heroine can choose to give money to a beggar or ignore the beggar. One choice takes them to page x, the other to page y, and the story moves on from there. Another option would be a play with audience participation making the choices.

As part of the project, the students would have to explain the moral and philosophical underpinnings of the choices. I've not seen this done before, but it would be an interesting idea to examine.

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You might be inspired by

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You might be inspired by project ideas from Luann Lee, a chem teacher and PBL advocate. For example, read about a project in which her students addressed odor from a local paper mill: http://www.chemistar.com/blog/the-paper-mill-project-2013/

As an Expeditionary Learning teacher, you'll have the benefit of working with colleagues who are designing projects that focus on community issues. I'm always inspired by browsing the EL project library: http://elschools.org/student-work

Good luck, and let us know about the projects you launch this year.

Gr.3 teacher from Georgetown, ON

I am looking for some PBL

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I am looking for some PBL ideas that would work in a Grade 3 class. I am new to PBL and need a starting point. Does anyone have a comprehensive list of good resources to start PBL in my class?

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Hi Michelle- Thanks for

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Hi Michelle- Thanks for coming by!

I found these resources geared towards PBL in 3rd grade:

http://www.bie.org/

http://www.santeesd.net/page/4184

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VJrVToWsFQ (3rd Grade film festival)

http://www.egfi-k12.org/

http://www.gobookee.org/project-based-learning-lesson-plans-third-grade/ - try this one- http://www.gobookee.org/get_book.php?u=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5ob2FhaW5hb21ha2FoY...

A PBL School talking about their theme for the year with examples:

http://www.pblschool.com/project-based-learning-pbl/projects/3rd-grade-pbl

A great Pinterest page with lots of ideas:
http://www.pinterest.com/myrajohan/third-grade-pbl-ideas/

Let me know if you need something more specific or if this is enough to get you started- I think the pinterest page may be helpful as an "idea board" and the other resources more about the process and products where PBL is already in use.

Gr.3 teacher from Georgetown, ON

Hi Whitney, Thank you so much

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Hi Whitney,
Thank you so much for this valuable information. I so appreciate it!! I've checked out some of the information already and it looks great!!!!
thanks again.

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