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Matt Weyers

Matt Weyers

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Byron (MN) Public Schools

This will be my 10th year teaching, eight of which have been spent teaching fifth-seventh grade in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Most recently, I served as a Teacher on Special Assignment for Winona (MN) State University teaching undergraduate education courses, before returning to my home district as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Elementary/Middle Level Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and my Masters Degree in Literacy and Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. In addition, I have served as an adjunct instructor for Winona (MN) State University since 2013. My passions in teaching include Project Based Learning, soft skill development, and education reform.

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Posts

  • Project-Based Learning
    How one middle school teacher guides his students to managing their project-based learning groups like pros.
  • PBL Assessment
    By replacing student grades with an end-of-quarter conference, you can change that persistent question of "Will I be graded on this?" to "What can I do better?"
  • Project-Based Learning
    Differentiate the content, process, and product of your PBL lessons with tools and practices like Learning Profile Cards, narrative feedback, and design thinking.
  • PBL Planning
    District administrations can help streamline PBL implementation by removing traditional barriers to change, crucially conversing with parents and other staff, and providing emotional support.
  • Project-Based Learning
    Two fifth grade teachers reflect on their first year with a PBL curriculum, self-evaluating their outcomes and formulating an action plan for next year.
  • Project-Based Learning
    Two fifth grade teachers explain how the driving question and the need to know list are a naturally fit for their PBL pilot program.
  • Project-Based Learning
    Two fifth grade teachers advocate trust, respect, and inclusion when sharing the practices and results of their PBL pilot program with on-site colleagues.
  • Apps
    Fifth grade teachers share some of their favorite apps for rubrics, editing, and assessment that are streamlining the classroom workflow in their PBL pilot program.
  • Collaborative Learning
    Fifth grade teachers use their PBL pilot program to teach the leadership and collaboration skills that future employers are likely to expect of their students.
  • PBL Assessment
    Fifth grade teachers reflect on grading students in their PBL pilot program without traditional homework, while keeping parents informed and reconsidering the meaning of grades