“Everything begins with an idea.” – Earl Nightengale
When I started on my Project-Based Learning journey, I always wondered what other teachers were already doing with PBL in classrooms around the country and world. I remember joining Ning sites and finding other teachers who were doing PBL, it was like a dream come true to chat and discuss and learn.
With the growth of Twitter, blogging, and conference I was able to meet educators from around the world who have inspired me to go deeper into Project-Based Learning. Their ideas were what got me started documenting projects and step-by-step practices that would enhance any PBL experience.
PBL is growing because it engages and empowers students to learn experientially and share that learning in new and unique ways that go well beyond the classroom. Yet, many teachers are asking: How do we plan and implement PBL? How do we “fit it in” our current curriculum? How do we assess it using our current grading guidelines? How do we manage this type of learning?
These are all real concerns and questions that cannot be dismissed. PBL takes time to plan, implement, manage, and assess. Then it takes time to tweak, improve, and highlight. In my new book, The PBL Playbook, we dive into specific answers to all those questions, and what PBL looks like in each grade level and subject area!
The PBL Playbook is right for you if:
- You are a teacher ready to move towards an authentic learning experience for your students.
- You are a superintendent, district administrator, or principal who is leading a school through project-based learning.
- You are a coach, staff developer, or teacher leader that wants to help guide colleagues into PBL with a game plan that works.
Ideas to Get You Started
Grades 6-8 ELA
Grades 6-8 Social Studies
Grades 6-8 Science
Grades 6-8 Math
Grades 9-12 ELA
Grades 9-12 Math
Grades 9-12 Science
Grades 9-12 Social Studies
The PBL Playbook
I’ve written other education books, but The PBL Playbook is different. This book comes from a place of desperation and frustration. For years I’ve seen the transformative power of project-based learning experiences in my own classroom, in my colleagues’ classrooms, and in countless learning places around the world.
Yet, for many teachers, including myself, it can be almost paralyzing to start the work of moving away from how we’ve always taught. I’ve made the mistake of sometimes writing up in the clouds (theory) instead of in the dirt (practical). While this can help us understand the WHY (which is important) it leaves us wanting to know HOW.
This book is about the HOW.
You’ll get step-by-step ideas and strategies to implement in your role as a teacher, coach, or leader tomorrow. You’ll get ideas from over thirty different educators who were interviewed and share their PBL tactics and best practices. You’ll be able to apply this to your work, and most importantly to help transform the learning experiences our students have on a daily basis.
As a coach, I always believed that a playbook opened up the possibilities instead of limiting them. In The PBL Playbook, I hope to hit on that balance of providing enough guidance, support, and practical steps—while also allowing for the creativity and innovation inside each of you to shine through when designing, building, and running a project-based learning experience.
Are you ready to hit the ground running? Let’s get started!
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