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Keep It Real With PBL, Elementary

Keep It Real With PBL, Elementary
A Practical Guide for Planning Project-Based Learning

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October 2019 | 160 pages | Corwin
Plan enriching Project-Based Learning experiences with ease! 

Is project-planning a project in and of itself? Does project-based learning (PBL) feel more like a pipe dream than a reality in your classroom? Dr. Jennifer Pieratt, a consultant and former teacher herself, knows just where you’re coming from. 

Developed from the author’s experience in the trenches of project-based learning over the past decade, this book will lead you through the planning process for an authentic PBL experience in a clear and efficient way. Project-based learning has been found to develop workforce readiness, innovation, and student achievement. In this book, the keys to implementing PBL effectively are explored in a simple, easy-to-use format. In addition to thought-provoking questions for journaling, readers will find a visually accessible style featuring
#realtalk soundbites that honor the challenges to implementing PBL
Tips and resources to support the project-planning process
Planning forms to guide you through planning your projects
Key terminology and acronyms in PBL
Exercises to help you reflect and process throughout your project plans

If mastering a PBL framework is on your list, prepare to cross it off with the help of this book!
About the Author
Letter to Elementary Teachers

How to Use This Book

Chapter 1: The What and Why of PBL
An Overview of Project-Based Learning

PrBL vs. PBL

Why PBL?

What Is HQPBL?

But They Aren’t Ready!

Chapter 2: The Role of the Teacher in PBL
Chapter 3: Project Brainstorming
Where to Look for Ideas

Collaborative Brainstorming

PBL Brainstorming Planning Form

Chapter 4: Planning PBL for Your Year
Big Picture and Big Ideas

Make Content Connections

Pacing Your Project

Identify a Real Connection

Is There Enough Juice for the Squeeze?

Chapter 5: Planning With the End in Mind
Enduring Understandings

Driving Questions

Final Products

Voice and Choice

Culminating Experience

Chapter 6: Benchmarking Your Project
What Is Benchmarking?


Chapter 7: Assessment
Best Practices in Assessment Apply to PBL

How to Build Your Project Rubric

Planning for Formative Assessment

Student Engagement in PBL Assessment

Chapter 8: Planning Daily Learning in PBL
Create Your Project Calendar

Managing the Project

Daily Schedule

Chapter 9: Launching Your Project
The Hook

Knows/Need to Knows

Project Guidelines

Project Groups

Home Communication

Chapter 10: Next Steps
1. Prototype Your Project

2. Seek Out Collegial Feedback

3. Plan for Exhibiting Student Work

4. Collect Community Connections

5. Scaling and Sustaining HQPBL

Appendix A: Complete Project Plans
Grade 1

Grade 5

Appendix B: Blank Project Planning Forms


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ISBN: 9781544369341