Project learning can inspire the best of high-performance teamwork, or it can be devolve into unfocused chaos. How can we support each other to keep our eye on the prize? Share your project ideas, questions, and implementation experiences.

How does my School get started with Project Learning

Ashiedu Jude ICT Teacher at Grace Schools, Gbagada, Lagos

Can anyone help me fellow teachers get started with Project Learning.

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Graduate Faculty at Bank Street College of Education in New York City

Using the world around students as the prime material for curr.

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Hi,
In my recent book, OUT OF THE CLASSROOM AND INTO THE WORLD, I explore this topic from the perspective of teachers and children, and demonstrate the ways a number of teachers generate project work as part of vital curricula. In each case it is the world around children that offers the rich raw material.
Sal Vascellaro

social media and marketing manager of startup

PBL Resources

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Hi Ashiedu,

We have lots of resources on PBL. please check out this link. Let us know if you have any specific questions on PBL. http://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning THANKS! =)

Teacher & Executive Director: One World Education

PBL Starts With One Teacher

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Great question. Schools rarely start project-based learning initiatives all at once - it starts one teacher at a time. As I've seen in my own work, the effect of one teacher creating engaging project-based initiatives in a school spreads as students share their excitement with other teachers. If you are not this teacher, find one who is in your school and observe, seek collaboration, and suggest ways to integrate your practice into theirs. A core focus of our work at One World Education (www.oneworldeducation) is to deliver engaging project-based learning activities to teachers to meet the goals I believe you seek in your teaching.

Fifth grade teacher (GATE) Anaheim, CA

Starting with one teacher - I

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Starting with one teacher - I work in projects where I can, but our test-focused environment makes it risky. Also I'm in the dark, re-inventing the wheel. There are lots of resources, but can anyone suggest a resource that can be my training wheels?

Grade 3 teacher in Guatemala City, Guatemala

I also need some help with this one...

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I'm a brand new teacher and I'm wanting to work projects into my classroom. My school doesn't have much curriculum to speak of; we have benchmarks, two up-to-date textbooks, and some resources. I feel that my students would benefit more from projects than worksheets (and quite honestly, I feel like assigning yet another lame worksheet is a cop-out). I'm letting my kids down by not providing them with projects that are motivating, engaging, and challenging.

So my question is... where can I find great project ideas for all subjects?

Journalist and PBL advocate

Good Starting Places

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Hi Rebecca and Tim,
Great to hear that you're moving ahead with PBL. There are many excellent resources to help you get started. Here are just a couple:
1. Edutopia's Schools That Work feature on PBL in Maine:
http://www.edutopia.org/stw-maine-pbl
You'll find video case studies, plus practical tips and downloadable resources.
2. Buck Institute for Education's Do-It-Yourself Tutorial on PBL:
http://www.bie.org/diy
Don't hesitate to follow up if you are looking for specific resources or suggestions.
Good luck!
~Suzie

Grade 3 teacher in Guatemala City, Guatemala

Thanks Suzie! I'll check

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Thanks Suzie! I'll check them out. :)

K-5 Technology Resource Teacher, Lexington, KY

Student Online Writing Project

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Rebecca and Tim:

In the summer of 2011, along with several others, I was invited to help lay the ground work and develop a project based on the ideas of student-driven, collaborative learning through writing and media production, all online. Currently, all of my 4th grade classes (100+ students) and my 5th grade classes (100+ students) are participating in projects. Fourth graders were assigned the topic of Kentucky and the fifth graders were assigned the topic of the American Revolution. I've never seen my students so focused on anything before this! We are using Moodle and Mahara for communication and creation.

You can go to http://ischool.fcps.net/course/view.php?id=2294 to find out more details. If either one of you are interested (or both of you) I'd love to start another one. Another fifth teacher in our school district will be developing a project based on the Civil War. We would absolutley love to have your classes join us. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Fifth grade teacher (GATE) Anaheim, CA

Hi Amy, This sounds

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Hi Amy, This sounds exciting. I glanced at the website you indicated. How does this work?

Hi Suzie, The Buck Institute is a gold mine! Thanks for the tip.

Hi Rebecca,

I have several Vietnamese students in class. Some can speak Vietnamese, don't know about writing it, but are fluent English speakers and writers. Who do you teach? Penpals?

K-5 Technology Resource Teacher, Lexington, KY

Hi Tim, It really is

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Hi Tim,
It really is exciting! I think it's best explained here http://ischool.fcps.net/mod/resource/view.php?id=45309. I'm very interested in doing a project with you and your class. Please check your messages on here for more information. :)

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