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...

5 Things I wish I had known about Project-Based Learning

5 Things I Wish I Had Known When I began Project-Based Learning (Practical Ideas) When my school started along the Project-based Learning road, I was very excited! You know how it is….young teachers with a new, cool program to focus on?! We were ready to jump in head first and solve problems later! We all loved projects and loved thinking that we were going to be able to reach the “unreachables.” What could go wrong?! As the year started, I was ready—I had my paint, new paint brushes, construction paper, glue and scissors and….CHAOS! My beautiful new room that had been so shiny and clean on Open House night had turned...

First of all, what is Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Introduction to Project Based Learning (PBL) So, what exactly is project based learning?  The Buck Institute for Education defines project based learning as “…a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge” (What is PBL? (n.d.). Retrieved January 2, 2017, from http://www.bie.org/about/what_pbl ).  In simple terms, project based learning is meaningful learning that causes students to ask questions, investigate, teach each other, usually affects a student personally,  and deals with “real world concerns and essential understandings ( Kraus, Boss 2013). I definitely admire the Buck Institute’s work...

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...