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Build thinking skills with project-based learning

Project-based learning (PBL) engages students in deep thinking while connecting their learning in the classroom to the world around them.

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Push the learning in your classroom from projects to PBL by focusing on ideas, work, and effort that matters.
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To prepare our students to develop more holistic and problem/project-based approaches.
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The best way to construct knowledge is to create a sharable learning artifact.
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Actively working on a “real world” problem through hands-on projects motivates students by asking them to work toward an outcome that matters to them.
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If we believe our students have potential beyond measure, we must ask them to produce work for authentic audiences. Not ‘when they grow up,’ but now.
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Helping students figure out how to ask good questions prepares them for their future, not for our past.
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Effective project design includes clear learning goals and essential questions that project work will help students answer.
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Give students experience in collaboration, questioning, and project management for a smooth transition to project-based learning.
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Working collaboratively during project work prepares students for modern citizenship and work, building essential 21st century skills.
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Special needs students flourish in project-based learning which provides a variety of learning modalities for students to show their understanding.
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Transform project presentations into presentation of learning with feedback and reflection.
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Facilitating a project rather than merely dispensing knowledge help students approach new ideas, information, and problems.
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Take the role of coach during project building in the classroom to help you maximize students’ growth as learners.
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Ways to structure presentations of learning for second language learners (ELLs) and primary age students.
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An iterative process of reflection and refinement is essential to the successful implementation of project-based learning.
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Authentic assessment evaluates knowledge as well creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation.
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When you begin project work, it is important that students have a clear picture of your expectations for their work on the product and during the process.