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Gifts that Teachers REALLY want!

          All of us moms (or dads) have been there.  It’s the week before Christmas Break or Summer Break–and we have no gift for our little darling’s teacher!  Not a card, not a coffee cup, not even a piece of chocolate to give!  We have been running all week to sports activities, church activities, parties, you name it!  We are out of money…and time!   The thought has probably crossed your mind that you could just run out later that night or early in the morning to the big box store and grab something simple.  But, wait!  We don’t want to look like I am don’t have one...

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

PBL, project based learning, seating arrangements

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,...

Graduation Time!

Graduation Time! It’s that time of year again!  Time for all the momma’s and daddy’s out there to try to make it through the graduation ceremony of their baby without crying buckets in front of hundreds of people.  Sniff, sniff.  I am that momma this week.  My oldest baby is graduating high school!  Getting things in order for her graduation party has me looking through precious pictures of her as she has grown into a wonderful young lady…sniff!  How does time pass by so quickly?!   I Know it’s off topic… Of course, her father and I have been preparing her for this next step for a few years now....

Welcome

Welcome to PBLinthefifth, an upper elementary blog that covers all aspects of project based learning. I will be writing about topics that are “real” to me in this process of becoming a project based learning teacher. It has not been easy to say the least! I am sure you have seen many post about project based learning from the experts. I want this blog to be different. I want to give you real-life experiences that I have learned lessons from…and I want to hear yours! I am definitely no expert, but I hope you can take something good away from this blog, and I also hope I can learn from...