Thinking about PBL but not necessarily TAP?

August 5, 2010 at 7:24 PM 1 comment

What if the deadline comes and almost nobody hands in a project. At all? Aargh, another teacher nightmare!

My new friend and fellow science teacher is about to embark upon an exciting journey of project based learning in a charter school in the East Bay. She will be following an AP Environmental Science curriculum from the University of Washington and may well not be able to do TAP, but she really lit up at the idea of the project management help that TAP offers on our website.

The Teacher Resources are all free BUT you have to send us your e mail as instructed when you click on the Teacher Resources tab in the left margin, (We’ll then be able to include you in occasional TAP announcements ex. when our next workshops will be, when our NSTA article will be published, etc. We won’t send you anything about increasing your sex drive nor make any promises that TAP will do that :-).)

Go to Step 4 Plan an Action. Find sheet “16. TAP Project Management”and several photos of what the different steps look like.

TAP Project Management was developed with my husband who is an actual project manager at Hewlett-Packard. It’s a real 21st Century skill. Plus Karen and I have found that it’s  pretty handy for  us as we muddle through our own projects in life. Even better, 274 of this year’s 275 students did at least some attempt at a project, with the vast majority doing a decent to great job (after some last minute fixes, but still.)

There are other activities that can be more generally useful for pbl too – check out the 18 different activity sheets that have been extensively tested for clarity by about 550 students with 550 ways of misunderstanding a simple direction (uh, like me trying to get to MacArthur BART this morning?)


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  • 1. Karen Snelson  |  August 5, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    PBL? Project based learning? Sounds like my whole life. Except I had to do a lot of learning from my mistakes. I wish I had learned the skills to manage along term projects 30 years ago.

    This ability to set goals, research, make flow charts, and divide up the tasks is what sets leaders apart from followers.
    I can’t think of a better time in history to arm our selves and our students with this effective strategy for accomplishing their goals. Karen



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