project based learning

iBooks as Public Products

Authenticity is central to excellent project-based learning. In a recent post I explained that to create a meaningful and effective PBL experience, teachers should envision a product that meets a real need, or one that is used for or by real people outside of school. By doing work that students understand has […]






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Creative, Appealing, Meaningful Learning

Grant Wiggins has just written about a study released in 1983 – my freshman year of high school. The study’s conclusions fit what I remember about schooling: “School curriculum is sterile. Topics of great human interest on the way to the classroom are apparently transformed and homogenized into something of limited […]






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Thinking and Acting Like a Historian with PBL

There are many good reasons to teach history to high school students, and not the least of those is to teach disciplinary thinking. Professor Jeffrey D. Nokes expressed the correct sentiment in 2012 in his article for Education Week: “Like their peers who provide opportunities for students to mimic professionals, […]






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ISTE13 PBL Slides

I was pleased and honored to present “How to Take Thinking Deeper” in Project-based Learning with Suzie Boss at ISTE 2013. Here are our slides from our one-hour standing-room-only presentation: Deeper Inquiry in PBL, ISTE 2013, Suzie Boss and Mike Gwaltney I mentioned several blogs in our presentation. These are […]






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NAIS ’13 + EdCampIS ’13 Resources

I was fortunate to be able to attend and to lead sessions at both the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference and EdCamp Independent Schools last week in Philadelphia. Here are some of the resources I used in my four sessions: Leading with High Quality Project-Based Learning, NAIS […]






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