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Creating Life-Long Learners

Using Project-Based Management to Teach 21st Century Skills
Author Todd Stanley provides a teacher-friendly, step-by-step approach to implementing project-based learning, with a focus on addressing project management and classroom dynamics, while building students’ 21st century skills.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483377193
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 168
  • Publication date: August 17, 2015

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Wanted for the global workforce: thinkers (and those who can teach them)

Where K-12 instruction once centered on content and memorization, today’s educators want, most of all, to teach their students to think critically and perceptively. What better way than with project-based learning (PBL)? Author Todd Stanley provides a teacher-friendly, step-by-step approach to implementing PBL, focusing on the 21st century “three R’s”: readiness, responsibility, and relevance.

Educators will be prepared to put this practical methodology to work right away, as they learn how to

  • Use project and classroom management skills to create a positive, productive learning environment
  • Develop curriculum around ten different project types
  • Link projects with today’s standards
  • Teach students how to effectively collaborate and bring out the best in each other

Readers will find an abundance of ideas and clear guidance, along with new strategies for instilling the skills students need for tomorrow’s workforce.

"If you are looking for a way to produce higher level thinkers, you really need to read this book. It is a recipe for successful life long learners."
Tamara Daugherty, Teacher
Lakeville Elementary School

"Student lead project based learning fuses today’s classroom with the demands of the fast paced future. Students need to be able to interact and problem solve not just with each other, but also within the community and with technology. This book is a guide for helping educators make that jump with their instruction."
Debra K. Las, Teacher
Rochest Public Schools

Key features

  • This book will help teachers improve students’ mastery of 21st-century skills and their use of PBL in the classroom
  • Includes concrete details of setting up the classroom using this unique management teaching style
  • Includes examples of specific lesson plans teachers can use in their classroom or as a guide to helping them to create their own lessons
  • Will have video to show the strategies in action
  • Author's experience with both gifted and at-risk students will ensure that the approach is inclusive


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Todd Stanley

Todd Stanley is the author of 7 teacher education books, including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st Century Classroom and Performance-Based Assessment for 21st Century Skills. He has been a classroom teacher for the past 18 years and was a National Board Certified teacher. He helped create a gifted academy for grades 5-8 where they employ inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, and performance-based assessment. He is currently the gifted service coordinator for Pickerington Local Schools where he lives with his wife, Nicki, and two daughters, Anna and Abby.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author

Introduction - Why Manage Your Classroom

1. Advantages to Managing Your Classroom

The 21st Century Three Rs

Other Advantages to Managing Your Classroom

2. Importance of 21st Century Skills

21st Century Survival Skills

Accessing and Analyzing Information

Curiosity and Imagination



Effective Oral and Written Communication

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Collaboration Across Networks

3. Setting Up Your Projects

Define the Problem

Develop Solution Options

Plan the Project

Execute the Plan

Monitor and Control Progress

Close Project

4. Linking the Projects to the Standards: Creating a Mission Statement

Starting With the Content Standard

Working Backwards

5. Collaboration in the 21st Century Classroom

Skill of Collaboration

Setting Norms

Dividing up Tasks


6. Risk Management

Why Projects Fail

Heading Off Problems

Handling the Unmotivated

Risk Management

7. Different Types of Products







Research Paper


Technology-Driven Products


The Lemonade Stand

Social Studies Product--Buisness Plan

Language Arts Product--Advertising Campaign

Math Product--Polling/Accounting

8. Assessment of the Product

Use of Rubrics

Creating Your Rubrics

Creating Rubrics With Students

Performance Reviews (Self/Peer Evaluation)

9. Managing the Classroom

Orientation/Training Your Students

Laying the Groundwork

Making the Structure Clear

Model the Structure With a Mini-Project

What Training Will Be Important to the Job?

Providing Mental Space

Project Manager Versus Teacher

Closing the Project

Afterward: Creating the 21st Century Worker

Reproducibles: Blank Forms for Creating Own PBL





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