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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!

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"Fitting In" PBL

Read about how four teachers fit PBL into their curriculum through scalable projects that challenged and enriched students while meeting the standards.

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5 PBL Best Practices for Redefining the Teacher's Role

PBL changes a teacher's traditional role through framing the learning, helping students develop ideas, consulting as they revise, and encouraging feedback, reflection, and authentic presentations.

Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths

It's time to tackle myths like project-based learning is mostly fluff and not academically rigorous. See other PBL misnomers and read how they deserve myth-busting.

A World of Project Ideas (You Can Steal)

To get off to a flying start planning this summer, borrow good project ideas from other teachers and adapt them to fit your context.

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Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning

Explore Edutopia's curated compilation of online resources for understanding and beginning to implement project-based learning.

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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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5 PBL Pitfalls to Avoid

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Using the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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Completed Project Form

Download a completed teacher PBL planning form, originally created by the Buck Institute for Education and filled out by teachers Mary Mobley and Michael Chambers at Manor New Technology High School.

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Blank Project Form

Download a blank teacher PBL planning form, originally created by the Buck Institute for Education.

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Expeditionary Learning Checklist

Download an Expeditionary Learning checklist from King Middle School that outlines steps and sub-steps for planning quality project-based learning.

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Using the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Project-based learning with these guidelines from the United Nations gives students a local and global focus for their work.

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Getting Started With Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don’t Go Crazy)

A handful of tips to help teachers ease into PBL without getting overwhelmed.

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5 PBL Pitfalls to Avoid

Project-based learning is powerful but complex, so we have solutions to some common problems teachers may encounter.

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A Starter’s Guide to PBL Fieldwork

Five tips to help you get started with taking students out for fieldwork—a powerful component of project-based learning.

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Get a Taste of PBL Before Your Students Do

Project slices—condensed project-based learning for teachers—give educators a student’s perspective on what it’s like to do a project.

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In Search of the Driving Question

Coming up with the driving question in project-based learning is often the hard part, so we’ve got some ideas to help you craft a great one.

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Using PBL to Meet C3 Social Studies Standards

Project-based learning aligns with and enhances the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards.

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Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

Twenty ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.

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How to Write Effective Driving Questions for Project-Based Learning

Good driving questions are written to help guide the teacher and the student.

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An Introduction to Project-Based Learning
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An Introduction to Project-Based Learning

In this hands-on approach to teaching, students create schoolwork that demonstrates core subject knowledge.

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Getting Started With Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don’t Go Crazy)

A handful of tips to help teachers ease into PBL without getting overwhelmed.

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Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning
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5 Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning

Well-designed project-based learning (PBL) has been shown to result in deeper learning and engaged, self-directed learners. Learn more about the five core elements of successful PBL.

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Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning

Explore Edutopia's curated compilation of online resources for understanding and beginning to implement project-based learning.

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A World of Project Ideas (You Can Steal)

To get off to a flying start planning this summer, borrow good project ideas from other teachers and adapt them to fit your context.

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