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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!

  • Using Project-Based Learning to Prepare Students for Cutting-Edge Careers

    Hoping to prepare high school graduates to solve complex, real-world problems, an Ohio STEM school found answers in project-based learning.
    Sarah Gonser
  • Supporting Teachers to Workshop Project Ideas

    A strong project-based learning culture is built by giving opportunities for teachers to get feedback and support on their project ideas.
  • How Teachers Can Support PBL at Home

    Tips and projects that teachers can share with parents and caregivers to guide children in any grade through project-based learning—with or without technology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

    Twenty ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.
  • 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.
  • 3 Common PBL Problems—and Solutions

    Ideas for how to overcome issues that teachers new to project-based learning frequently encounter.
  • Getting Started With Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don’t Go Crazy)

    A handful of tips to help teachers ease into PBL without getting overwhelmed.
  • 10 Ready-to-Borrow Project Ideas

    As you consider the following project possibilities, ask yourself: Would this project help my students meet important learning goals? Would my students find it engaging?
  • How to Write Effective Driving Questions for Project-Based Learning

    Good driving questions are written to help guide the teacher and the student.
  • 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.
  • A PBL Unit With Lessons for Teachers

    A project-based learning unit that left students feeling unenthusiastic had valuable lessons for the teachers who prepared it.
  • How to Use a Play for Project-Based Learning

    Seventh graders staging an adaptation of A Christmas Carol work on literary and historical analysis as well as the design process.
  • Making Projects Accessible

    To get started with student-led, project-based work, teachers can try the 5E instructional model.

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