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Fine Tuning PBL Practice

At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, we were very fortunate to have a three day Project Based Learning (PBL) workshop led by Drew Perkins, Director of Professional Development at TeachThought.

For me, the three day workshop was an opportunity to fine tune my understanding of PBL, work with teachers on new ideas and dig into strategies that can help teachers think through the planning process.
Day 1: Aligning from the Top DownSome of my big takeaways from the first day of our professional development with Drew was that when designing a project with specific skills or standards in mind, it helps to begin by brainstorming possible products, purpose and audience and projects, in terms of Bloom's Taxonomy, really start at the top and as students work
through the project they move down into understanding and remembering. 
When coaching teachers ad they develop PBL, I think we need to do a better job of paying special attention to the audience piece. Often when planning we think of a pos…

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