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Good PBL is like…

This week, thirteen of your fellow colleagues from 1st to 12th grade teachers dug into Project Based Learning.  PBL represents best practices of practically everything we know about teaching and learning.  While difficult to capture in a few words, in Project Based Learning, students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge.  The project is the “main course” instead of the “dessert”

Without exception, they created fantastic plans for using PBL in their classrooms.
Here’s a sneak peek of their driving questions:

  • How can you make something out of recycled items?
  • What edible plants can we grow in the WES garden?
  • What are the demographics of DeForest Area Middle School extracurricular activities?  Why?
  • How can I enhance or introduce a customer loyalty program and/or additional customer service for my company?
  • How can you create a thriving restaurant business that is supported by a strong advertising campaign?
  • Which plant grows best in our classroom?
  • How can you organize your island society to best ensure the long term survival of the group?
  • What needs to get done to attend the tech school or college of my choice?
  • How does what happens on the border in Arizona affect us in WI?
  • How would you go about creating an authentic Latin American restaurant in Madison?
  • How is being different from a friend a good thing?
  • What makes the best pet for children?

Over the course of the coming year, they’ll be trying out this new way of teaching and learning.  Stay tuned.  It will be a great journey!


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