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Keep It Real With PBL, Elementary

A Practical Guide for Planning Project-Based Learning

Written for busy teachers with realistic challenges in mind, this interactive, visually accessible guide introduces a clear and efficient process for planning enriching project-based learning units.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544369341
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2019
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: October 01, 2019

Price: $39.95

Price: $39.95
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Plan enriching Project-Based Learning experiences with ease!

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

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!
Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Winner

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 elementary 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


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





Price: $39.95
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Related Resources

  • Access to companion resources is available with the purchase of this book.