Get Started with PBL! OUSD Workshop Page

Today’s Challenge: Start (or refine) an engaging and educational PBL project you can implement almost immediately.

1. Introductions and Inspiration (10m)

2. What IS Project Based Learning (PBL)? (20mins)

Explore, research, discuss with a partner.

Write examples and attributes for each column on Post-its. Post on front board.

Write a 2 sentence definition on little whiteboards, and report out.

3. PBL, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards prepare students for the 21st Century (10mins)

CCSS ELA, CCSS Math and NGSS: How does PBL help meet these?

Edutopia’s “Building Rigorous Projects that are Core to Learning“(2 mins)

NextLesson’s CCSS and NGSS standards browser to match to projects.

KQED Mind/Shift on the value of failure that is implicit in PBL.

Explore. Post-it note surprises, questions, comments. Add to Is/Is not board and to the Venn subset/superset diagram.

4. YOUR TURN: Get started/refine a PBL project for your class this quarter. (60mins)

a. PBL examples and sources of inspiration across the curriculum.

b. How to write a compelling Driving Question or Challenge

  1. Define (See BIE’s Project Design Rubric pdf). See blog post “How to Write Effective Driving Questions” from Edutopia.
  2. Brainstorm based on your curriculum, interests and school community/environment. What are some local problems and needs? See the ‘Tubric‘ pdf from BIE.
  3. Weed for relevance to your curriculum/standards and engagement. See BIE’s Project Design Rubric. See also “How to Refine Driving Questions” blog post that follows the last one from Edutopia.

c. Outline a possible PBL Project

  • Define the end product.
  • Brainstorm processes/C21st skills you want to teach and nurture. Include the 3 Cs: Collaboration, Choice and Check-Points.
  • Concept-map possible links to curriculum content and standards (do this in more detail later).

d. Add/Strengthen

  • Fun and playfulness
  • Real-world connection and meaning (how the project will help make the world a better place)
  • Hands-on and outside opportunities.
  • Wider community connections
  • Student choice
  • Time and support to ‘fail’ and modify.
  • Student interaction and collaboration
  • Inquiry (open-ended questions, iteration)
  • Critical thinking opportunities inc.  research.
  • Make it manageable for YOU.

e. Start planning

  • To Do list/Shopping List
  • Timeline and weave into existing curriculum outline. (7th grade science example)
  • Backward plan on a school calendar.
  • Write an ‘elevator pitch’ for your administrator and parents.

5. Share what you’ve got. (by 2.45)

6. More resources for ‘how to’

7. Build OUSD’s PBL Community (2.55)

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