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September 2014 Blog Posts (16)

PBL in my classroom

There are numerous ways that I could incorporate PBL in my classroom. One advantage of PBL is that it could be about one subject or take more of a multidisciplinary approach.  For example, Science would be a perfect time to have students complete a project about pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.  They could research different types of pollution that affect the Chesapeake Bay, how it affects it and how it affects us. This would also incorporate reading skills such as cause and effect,…


Added by Erica Weygant on September 30, 2014 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Technology to Support PBL

I LOVE PBL! I have used PBL in my math classroom in which students had to come up with a playground design that met certain criteria and they managed their tasks with a rubric. They also planned a party using various math scenarios and concepts and had to present their plan using a method of choice. I think it's very easy to incorporate into Science and Social Studies as well. We are currently having the students research pollution causes of the Chesapeake Bay and are giving them options as…


Added by Brittany Canon on September 30, 2014 at 9:27pm — 1 Comment

What's the Connection?

Both PBL and UDL frameworks aim to move learners into becoming expert learners.These are learners that are flexible, motivated, and engaged critical thinkers. Both PBL and the UDL framework encourage students to be purposeful and strategic in their thinking. In both frameworks, there is no one right answer, instead the focus is on the learning and the growth of the individual. 

In the PBL videos, the students were encouraged to collaborate, think critically,…


Added by Brittany Canon on September 30, 2014 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Connections between UDL and PBL

Project Based Learning encompasses many of the characteristics that are critical to becoming an expert learner.  In my opinion, it provides many of the pathways that educators can use to facilitate their students becoming expert learners and help them become expert teachers.

The book talks about the idea of the motivated and engaged learner.  When project based learning tasks are designed, they often reflect real-world relevant situations.  In the video, for example, they were…


Added by Erica Weygant on September 30, 2014 at 9:08pm — No Comments

Technology to Support PBL

When researching and learning more about PBL, I can think of numerous opportunities to incorporate project based learning in my classes.  The class I think would best benefit from a PBL project is my general psychology class.  These students are usually placed in a class a schedule filler and are not necessarily "in to" psychology.  I think PBL opportunity would be a great way to engage students and give them ownership over their learning.  I think providing students to make a documentary or…


Added by Margaret LaCroix on September 30, 2014 at 8:03pm — 1 Comment

Using Technology to Support PBL

Many of the online research model lessons used in the library follow a project based learning approach.  Students explore topics in order to create essential questions to drive research.  In the library, there are plenty of opportunities to choose from a wide variety of resources including text-based and digital.  Often students are given the choice of working in groups, partners, or individually. Students are also given a wide choice for presenting…


Added by Diane Fontinell on September 30, 2014 at 7:54pm — No Comments

What's the Connection?

The connection between UDL, PBL, and expert learning is the learning environment.  In UDL, the teacher serves as a facilitator to create an environment of shared responsibility where each student can find the right level of challenge and support and is actively involved in helping each other construct knowledge. Through this shared responsibility, students become independent thinkers and learn to “recognize when they are challenged, their motivation to…


Added by Diane Fontinell on September 30, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

PBL in the Classroom

I think there are many applications for PBL in the high school English classroom.  Any Project Based Learning with a focus on reading, writing, or research could be applied.  My 11th grade students are currently reading The Crucible and I could see them completing a PBL in which they create a PSA  warning against modern day witch hunts.  

While I think PBL is engaging, challenging, and relevant, I wonder how I would fit it in given the demands of the current Common Core…


Added by Stephanie Kerns on September 30, 2014 at 6:27pm — No Comments

PBL in classroom

This school year, more than ever, I feel that PBL has been much more evident in my classroom and also the classrooms of my colleagues.  While the new devices we have access to are not in place of instruction, I have found that this tool has allowed me to step back and act much more as a facilitator and let my students guide their own path.  I have used PBL in the way of presenting our essential question or task and then stepping back.  We together discuss our end goal and what we are looking…


Added by Shelby Wood on September 29, 2014 at 10:49pm — No Comments

What's the Connection?

I think that the connection between Expert Learning, PBL, UDL, etc. is really the mindset.  Learning and teaching used to be so rigid and structured; teachers would deliver the given information in one format and then assess the students in one format.  Really this was more of a memorization task.  I think with Expert Learning, PBL and UDL the mindset has changed to not necessarily teaching information, but teaching our students to be critical thinkers and lifelong learners.  

I think…


Added by Shelby Wood on September 29, 2014 at 10:36pm — No Comments

PBL in Classroom

Being a special educator I find that PBL used in classrooms allows students that I service to participate in grade level learning successfully.  It allows students on my caseload to use their talents/abilities that are strengths to better their group or partner.  PBL in my view allows teachers that ability to provide students more engaging and cross curricular activites to enahne students authentic learning of material. PBL learning is an engaging way to provide students instruction of…


Added by Tara Jacka on September 29, 2014 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Technology to Support PBL

Being a third grade teacher, we are constantly working to fit the needs of our students.  At this age, students require movement, they require the need to "do it themselves" and figure it out within groups.  My team and I are always working to find a way to fit PBL into our instruction.  We work to make connections across the curriculum.  A most recent example is with our reading and science units.  Our reading unit asked an essential question, "What is the relationship between humans and…


Added by Rachael Vigder on September 29, 2014 at 9:14pm — No Comments

What's the Connection?

I believe there is a strong connection between UDL, PBL and effective learning.  All of these things encompass the teacher finding a way to meet the students' needs.

Education has drastically transformed from the teacher being in the front of the room, giving direct instruction, as students are left to sit, listen, copy and memorize the instruction being delivered.  Back when I was a student, we determined expert learners by those who could focus, pass, comprehend and pay…


Added by Rachael Vigder on September 29, 2014 at 9:08pm — No Comments

What's the connection?

The connection between expert learning, PBL, the growth mindset, and UDL is that they all put learning in the hands of the student.  The focus is no longer on teacher centered experiences where students are expected to model what the teacher does an all come up with duplicate products. All of these components focus on putting the student at the center of the learning experience, allowing them to be active participants in their own learning. 

Expert learning, as discussed in the…


Added by Margaret LaCroix on September 24, 2014 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Blog Post 1- Connection

The connection that I have made between UDL, PBL, Growth mindset, and Expert Learning is that they are all student/learner centered.  All of the approaches/methods mentioned focus on the student being motivated and engaged.  Once they are motivated and engaged that they take control of their learning and determine what strategies to use to best support their learning.  For example Expert Learners are learners who take action for their learning and find ways to enhance their learning no…


Added by Tara Jacka on September 23, 2014 at 11:36pm — No Comments

What's the Connection?

When considering the common thread that holds together the ideas of UDL, Expert Learning, Growth Mindset, and PBL, what comes to mind is the shift to student-centered instruction.

Universal Design for Learning by definition focuses on creating a curriculum in which learner variability is addressed and options are provided.  The teacher acts as facilitator, rather than the deliverer of instruction.  Students are empowered to make choices about how they will demonstrate their…


Added by Stephanie Kerns on September 21, 2014 at 6:06pm — No Comments

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