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Balancing PBL

Balancing PBL

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Hello! I teach 3rd grade, and the past couple of years I have been trying some small scale projects such as student businesses and a classroom economy. My students and I have loved incorporating these things into our daily routine. With these particular projects, for the most part, they don't take a lot of extra time. There is really only one day per week where I take time from other another subject to meet and discuss the project. This year I am wanting to dive into some projects that would replace the somewhat "protected" learning blocks such as math and reading. In my county we have a pretty strict pacing guide we are supposed to follow, but luckily my principal trusts me enough to give me a little freedom. I guess I am wondering if anyone has any tips for planning projects that you could completely replace the "lessons" that the state or county has provided (while still documenting that you are covering the standards)? Thanks!

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Mary
3rd Grade Teacher from North Carolina

I just saw John Larmer's blog about this topic. It was very helpful, but I would still love to hear other points of view.
Thanks!

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Jamie Hill
HS math teacher, interested in Tech and PBL

Hi Mary,
I am currently researching problem-based learning for my Master's thesis. Over the next couple weeks my goal is to plan a handful of projects to implement during the upcoming school year. Throughout my lesson planning I have been following guidelines I read in Suzie Boss & Jane Krauss's book "Reinventing Project-Based learning." One of their planning guidelines is to list your objectives for the project. I have also included the standards that I will be covering. These standards include content, process, and iste standards. For an example of my lesson plan and standards visit my wikispace (http://techprobbaselearn.wikispaces.com/tile+my+bathroom+%28area%29) and read the project sketch.

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Jamie Hill
HS math teacher, interested in Tech and PBL

Thanks Suzie for Telannia Norfar's name. Im watching a video on her wiki now about how to present PBL. Very helpful.

Jamie

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Mary
3rd Grade Teacher from North Carolina

Jamie, thanks for the information. This was all very helpful!

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