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All Project-Based Learning is Not Created Equal: What Actually Works?

Project-based learning (PBL) works, but not all project-based learning is alike. PBL Expert Suzie Boss takes us into assessment, project design, and teacher PD for more effective, meaningful projects that improve learning.

(If this topic interests you, you might also want to check out 5 Ways to Find Project-Based Learning Ideas, 3 Ways to Lead Amazing Project-Based Learning, Get Motivated to Do Project-Based Learning the Right Way, or Thinking About Excellent Project-Based Learning with the Buck Institute.)

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Project-based learning should not be memorization and regurgitation. It shouldn't be something you can Google with a simple answer. It should require deep digging, application, creativity, and more. We also talk about the power of audience and student learning. We discuss the challenge of fair, consistent assessment of projects across schools and districts.

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Who is Suzie Boss?

Suzie Boss@suzieboss, education writer and consultant, is the author of several books, including Reinventing Project-Based Learning and Bringing Innovation to School. She is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and a member of the Buck Institute for Education National Faculty.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Pawar April 13, 2016 - 6:16 pm

Great topic to discuss – In my opinion, project based learning is more effective than traditional methods if it is deployed with right objectives. I think project based learning should be based on these two key objectives ” Promote Innovation and Out of box thinking”.

mobadeau May 15, 2016 - 7:27 am

What a great topic to bring up. There are many questions out there about PBL. I find it very meaningful.


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