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  1. Not Your Mother’s Projects The 21st Century ContextforCCSS - Focused Project Based Learning

  2. So you don’t have to take notes, you will find this PowerPoint at… www.formativedifferentiated.com -Jacque Melin’s Website

  3. Sources used to create this PowerPoint: • www.bie.org • http://wvde.state.wv.us/teach21/pbl.html • http://www.pblu.org/classes • http://www.smarterbalanced.org/news/smarter-balanced-releases-sample-assessment-items-and-performance-tasks/

  4. Your Driving Question… How can we, as teachers, design and implement effective PBL (units) that are aligned to the Common Core? What do you need to know…

  5. The What and the How = the WHAT = the HOW

  6. Does NOT Solve Problems of Engagement

  7. What is Project Based Learning? • PBL is a systematic teaching method that engages students in learningimportant knowledge and 21st century skills through an extended, student-influencedinquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and learning tasks.

  8. A Project could be…. • An exploration of a philosophical question – “What is a healthy community?” • An investigation of a historical event or a natural phenomenon. • A problem-solving situation – either real or fictitious. • An in-depth examination of a controversial issue. • A challenge to design an artifact, plan or event. • A challenge to create a piece of writing, multimedia or work of art for a particular audience or purpose.

  9. PBL Essential Elements Driving Question or Challenge Publicly Presented Product Need to Know Feedback & Revision Inquiry & Innovation Student Voice & Choice 21st Century Skills

  10. Inquiry & Innovation Driving Question or Challenge Need to Know Student Voice & Choice Critique & Revision Public Performance & Product 21st Century Skills

  11. PBL Essential Elements Driving Question or Challenge Publicly Presented Product Need to Know Feedback & Revision Inquiry & Innovation Student Voice & Choice 21st Century Skills

  12. PBL is the MAIN COURSE NOT the DESSERT Your Mother’s Projects

  13. Dessert Project Main Course PBL

  14. Dessert Project Main Course PBL

  15. Dessert Project Main Course PBL

  16. Dessert Project Main Course PBL

  17. www.bie.org

  18. Those who criticize PBL…

  19. “It’s not focused enough on content.” – They

  20. “I can’t use traditional teaching tools!” – They

  21. “I can’t cover enough material.” – They

  22. “It’s loud & messy!” – They

  23. “There’s no individual accountability.” – They

  24. “I don’t have time and support.” – They

  25. “My students aren’t ready.” – They

  26. How? Planning, Assessing, Managing

  27. PBL Essential Elements Driving Question or Challenge Publicly Presented Product Need to Know Feedback & Revision Inquiry & Innovation Student Voice & Choice 21st Century Skills

  28. Backward Design Process Begin with the End in Mind • Decide the scope of the project • Select standards • Develop a project idea • Decide on culminating projects or presentations. • Craft the Driving Question Planning

  29. First Project: Modest is Best • 2 weeks in duration • 1 curricular area • Limited complexity & student products • Takes place in classroom

  30. Backward Design Process Begin with the End in Mind • Decide the scope of the project • Select standards • Develop a project idea • Decide on culminating projects or presentations & rubrics • Craft the Driving Question Planning

  31. Select Standards What do you want your students to know and be able to do? • Identify the key standards that you believe might best be met through project based instruction. • No more than 3 standards per subject is best in shorter projects. Adjust accordingly for interdisciplinary or longer-term projects. Include at least one literacy outcome in your project. • Be clear about the standards that will be assessed and how the products will allow each student to demonstrate their learning.

  32. From the ELA CCSS…. • “Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions …” • “Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners …” • “Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others …” • “Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) …”

  33. Released item from Smarter Balanced…4th Grade Performance Task http://sampleitems.smarterbalanced.org/itempreview/sbac/ELA.htm

  34. SOURCES OF INSPIRATION FOR PROJECTS • Your Content Standards • Your Students • Current Events • Real-World Practice/Problem • Your File Cabinet • Your Colleagues • Your Community • Online Project Libraries It’s fine to build projects on what you personally value – but be careful.

  35. North Kent Transfer Station Community 80 Acre Sports Complex

  36. Community Vacant lot where tannery once stood North Kent Community Services Rockford Historical Museum

  37. Community Are there enough enrichment (other than sports) and/or volunteer opportunities available for children in Rockford?

  38. www.bie.org

  39. http://wvde.state.wv.us/teach21/pbl.html

  40. THINK SHARE YOUR IDEAS. Would PBL be an evolution of your teaching, or a revolution? Or do you do it already? Could you modify some of your current activities or “projects” so they have the 8 essential features of PBL? What are your ideas for projects?

  41. 21st Century Skills • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving • Creativity & Innovation • Collaboration, Teamwork & Leadership • Cross-cultural Understanding • Communication & Media Literacy • Computing and ITC Technology • Career & Learning Self-direction

  42. 21st Century Skills explicitlytaught and assessed orencouragedby project work, but not taught or assessed: