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6 Weeks to a Project-Based Learning Classroom–Week 2

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Easing in to Project Based Learning–Week 2 When you decide to change to a project-based learning mindset, your classroom will probably need to change as well.  Here a 3 essential needs to put into practice. Seating Arrangements In a project-based learning classroom, for example, students sitting in rows just doesn’t work.  Students will need to be where they can work collaboratively with ease.   (As a matter of fact, the only time I will ever use rows is near the end of the school year.  That is my attempt to curb talking and end-of-the year excitement! Lol) The way that I most often arrange my seats is in groups of 4,...

6 Weeks to a Project-Based Learning Classroom: Week 1

Project Based Learning, Growth Mindset

    Teacher “Growth Mindset” Please note this page does contain our affiliate links.  This means that should you purchase from some of these links, we will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.  Please know that the products on this page represent what we honestly feel to be the best products or programs out there, commission or no commission.   One of the biggest phrases in education right now is “Growth Mindset.”  The theory behind growth mindset is that teachers can encourage children by letting them know that a particular task/subject is not too difficult to grasp..even if they have struggled with it...

Back to School ALREADY?!

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Back to School ALREADY?! Please note this page does contain our affiliate links.  This means that should you purchase from some of these links, we will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.  Please know that the products on this page represent what we honestly feel to be the best products or programs out there, commission or no commission. As bad as I hate to say it, “Teachers, it’s time to start PLANNING!!! In my neck of the woods, we have about 6 weeks until the students arrive back in the classroom!   Now is a great time to be sllooowwwwwllllllyyyyyy (I did say...

FLIPGRID–A totally AWESOME assessment tool

SUPER COOL ASSESSMENT TOOL This past year I was introduced to an super cool and fun technology tool called Flipgrid.  Flipgrid is a video response app that teachers can use for several different types of assessments. This is super cool for a few reasons: 1.) The students love to take pictures and videos of themselves 2.) Teachers don’t have to copy papers for small formative assessments or waste post-it notes for exit slips …And my favorite of all…. 3.) I get to TRICK students into writing down their answers—and they don’t even realize that they are doing work!   {Cue evil witch laugh!  Bwahahahaha! } FLIPGRID ASSIGNMENT #1 In my classroom...

An ESSENTIAL concept not to overlook in the PBL classroom–Time Limits

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An ESSENTIAL concept not to overlook in the PBL classroom–Time Limits  When a teacher sets down to plan a lesson–any lesson–we look at the content that needs to be learned, the time limits we have to get it done, and we factor in how we are going to address the needs of all students in the best way possible.  When we finish, our planning book looks very neat and tidy (birds are actually singing).  We have corralled that knowledge and those students will learn it during the allotted time, everyone will pass the test, and we will be off to the next section of content!  Wait…Wait!  Am I dreaming?!  Oh,...

Content in a PBL Classroom

Content in a PBL Classroom I really struggled with the title of this article.  It seems silly to me to say this, because aren’t all teachers’ jobs to teach content?  Really, what I what to do here is shed a light on how easy it is to get caught up in teaching kids how to use Twitter, make a Blog post, and do iMovie–all in the name of having a project that seems to “transcends” teaching norms.  Realistically, at the end of the day, students need to know the content.  And will continue to need to know the content for years to come—until high-stakes testing is taken away.   Over...