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Keep It Real With PBL, Secondary

A Practical Guide for Planning Project-Based Learning

By: Jennifer Ray Pieratt

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544369372
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: January 23, 2020

Price: $37.95

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Let's Get Real About PBL

The book's companion website features an updated guide to help teachers integrate technology into PBL experiences for online and blended learning instruction.

Does project-based learning (PBL) feel just out of reach in in your secondary classroom? Is project-planning an overwhelming project in and of itself? Dr. Jennifer Pieratt, a consultant and former teacher, knows firsthand how challenging designing projects can be, especially for secondary teachers with large caseloads and short class periods to engage in meaningful teaching and learning.

In this hands-on, interactive guide, Pieratt supports secondary teachers through the iterative process of planning authentic project-based learning experiences. Using backward design, she gives teachers ready to use strategies for identifying the best concepts to tackle in PBL experiences, brainstorming realistic projects, facilitating meaningful learning, and creating formative and summative assessments. The book is visually accessible in style and features

  • #realtalk soundbites that tackle 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

    Master PBL planning with this clear, efficient, and easy-to-use guide to creating enriching experiences for your students! 

  • Key features

    This is a practical guide that will provide simple and easy-to-use formats to aide in authentic Project-Based Learning experiences for secondary learners. Each chapter will focus on the context for each of the steps author Jennifer Pieratt has identified through backwards design. The guide will include vignettes and templates on the following: 
    • Brainstorming
    • Project Planning
    • Assessment/Rubrics
    • Benchmarking 
    • Student Self-Assessment
    • Calendar/Daily Learning (Pacing) 
    • Launching Your Project 


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    Jennifer Ray Pieratt

    Jenny Pieratt, Ph.D. is a Progressive Educator and Teacherpreneur.  She was a founding staff member at High Tech High North County, a former School Development Coach at New Tech Network, and National Faculty at BIE.  In 2016 Jenny became the Founder and President of CraftED — a leading voice for the "mainstream wave" of PBL implementation, through virtual and onsite professional development and coaching, active networking, and practitioner-based publications. With a PhD in educational philosophy, specifically PBL, Jenny prides herself on staying in the trenches with teachers and advocating for teacher support to bring HQPBL to classrooms across the U.S. Jenny is an active blogger and speaker, former teacher of grades 5-10, equity advocate, and proud small business owner. Jenny resides in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA with her husband and two children.

    Table of Contents

    Table of Contents

    List of Resources on the Companion Website


    About the Author


         Letter to Secondary Teachers

         How to Use This Book

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

         An Overview of Project-Based Learning (PBL)

         Why PBL ?

         Intro to HQPBL

    Chapter 2: The Role of the Teacher in PBL

         The Paradigm Shift

         Instructional Best Practices

         Adult Agency

         PBL Teacher Profile

    Chapter 3: Project Brainstorming

         Where to Look for Ideas

         Collaborative Brainstorming

    Chapter 4: Planning PBL for Your Year

         Big Picture and Big Ideas

         Make Content Connections: Planning Interdisciplinary Projects

         Pacing Your Project

    Chapter 5: Planning With the End in Mind

         Drafting Enduring Understandings

         Crafting Driving Questions

         Final Products

         Culminating Experience

    Chapter 6: Benchmarking Your Project

         What Is Benchmarking?

         Identifying Deliverables

    Chapter 7: Assessment in PBL

         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 Big-Picture Project Calendar

         Daily Learning

         Differentiating Project Plans

    Chapter 9: Classroom Management in PBL

         Establish a Central Location for Project Resources

         Make the Project Process Visible

         Use Group Contracts, Protocols, and Roles

         Consider the Workshop Method

    Chapter 10: Launching Your Project

         The Hook

         Project Guidelines

         The Knows/Need to Knows

         Project Groups

         Home Communication

    Chapter 11: Next Steps

         Prototype Your Project

         Keep Building Those Reflection Skills

         Seek Out Collegial Feedback

         Plan for Exhibiting Student Work

         Collect Community Connections

         Scaling and Sustaining HQPBL

    Appendix Overview

    Appendix A: Complete Project Plans

         A1—Sixth-Grade Humanities

         A2—Ninth-Grade Humanities

         A3—12th-Grade Entrepreneurship

         A4—Assessment Tips and Tricks From the Trenches

         A5—Sample Detailed Integrated Scope and Sequence

    Appendix B: Blank Project Planning Templates






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