When I tried to think about one comprehensive PBL resource that I’ve used, I could not come up with only one. I’ve used many different sites, articles, pieces of books to develop some of my project based learning experiences over the years. I came back to this teacher with a list of resources, instead of just ONE comprehensive resource.
A few weeks after this conversation, Ross Cooper visited my school district and mentioned he was writing a book with Erin Murphy about this topic! We chatted about the book writing process and what they were putting into the book, it sounded great.
Then just a few months ago I had the chance to read Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy’s book on project based learning. I was blown away.
Here’s what I had to say on the book:
Chances are you are picking up Hacking Project Based Learning for one of three reasons. You may want to get started with PBL and aren’t sure where to begin. Or maybe you’ve dabbled in PBL but want to make it better for your students. I’m sure there are many of you who are going to use it as a text to support what you are already doing in your classroom, and as a way to spread the power of PBL throughout your school or district.
Here’s the good news: Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy have created a project based learning guide that can get you started with PBL for the first time, push you further if you are a seasoned veteran, or make the case to your colleagues about authentic learning. The great news is that Hacking Project Based Learning is a fast-paced, incredibly practical, and immediately actionable book that will spark innovation in any K-12 classroom.
I’d love for you to pick up a copy of this book for yourself, for a colleague, for a friend, or for a principal or teacher in your school.
I asked Ross and Erin if they had anything extra they could give away to people in our community who buy the book. They did not disappoint!
If you send proof of purchase (just a screenshot receipt or forward the email) to myself or Ross Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org), they will send you three bonuses:
1. Pull-Quotes posters
2. Question Cards
3. The eBook Add-on (this isn’t anywhere else)
Get Your Copy of Hacking Project Based Learning Right Here! And then send an email to email@example.com with proof of purchase to get the bonuses!
More on the Book
Project based learning can be messy, complicated, and downright scary. When done right, though, PBL and inquiry are challenging, inspiring, and fun for students. Best of all, when project based learning is done right, it actually makes the teacher’s job easier.
- Establish a culture of inquiry and creativity in your classroom
- Teach the kind of collaboration skills that harness dissonance
- Turn High Impact Takeaways (HITs) into a project based plan
- Create Umbrella Questions that drive the project
- Build a Progress Assessment Tool (PAT) that helps students inform and assess their learning
- Use formative assessment throughout the entire PBL experience
- Seamlessly integrate direct instruction to enhances the process, rather than interfere with it
- Practice the patience that inspires a productive struggle, which leads to better understanding
- Teach and embrace reflection, during and at the end of the project
- Publish work the right way, so all stakeholders can see it
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