PBL Planning

Learn how to prepare for project-based learning's challenges, freedoms, and results -- it can feel chaotic, but there's more intention and structure here than it seems!

  • Project-Based Learning

    Project-Based Learning and the Research Paper

    Students take responsibility for their learning and develop solutions for complex problems when their research paper becomes a PBL unit.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Chickens and Checkbooks

    A teacher shares what she and her third graders learned from their first experience with project-based learning—a chicken coop.
  • Project-Based Learning

    How Can We Survive on Mars?

    A fifth-grade project-based learning unit harnesses excitement about Mars to develop science, math, engineering, and literacy skills.
  • Teacher Development

    3 Reads to Inspire Your Teaching Practice

    Find ideas on student engagement, deeper inquiry, and project-based learning, whether you read on your own or in a book study group.
  • Project-Based Learning

    How Can We Successfully Land a Rover on Mars?

    The classic egg drop experiment gets reinvented as a driving question for physics students to explore a real-world problem.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Projects That Work: Mission to Mars

    Physics students assume the role of aerospace engineers to explore the real-world problem of how to land a rover on Mars.
  • Community Partnerships

    Outside Experts Boost Project Authenticity

    Students are deeply motivated when they review their physics work with professionals in the field.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Staying On Task During Project-Based Learning

    Brief daily meetings give students working in groups the structure to hold each other accountable on long-term projects.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Career-Focused PBL

    A school district uses project-based learning to introduce students to a variety of careers starting in kindergarten.
  • PBL Planning

    Summer Planning for PBL

    Low-stress ideas for revising your project-based learning curriculum before you head back to the classroom.