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Keep It Real With PBL, Secondary

A Practical Guide for Planning Project-Based Learning
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

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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


    Jennifer Ray Pieratt photo

    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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