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Keep It Real With PBL, Secondary

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

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January 2020 | 208 pages | Corwin
Let’s Get Real About PBL

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! 
    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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