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Thinking Through Project-Based Learning

Guiding Deeper Inquiry

Whether you are new to project-based learning or ready to strengthen your existing classroom projects, you'll find a full suite of strategies and tools in this essential book.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452202563
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2013
  • Page Count: 216
  • Publication date: March 05, 2013

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Everything you need to know to lead effective and engaging project-based learning!

Are you eager to try out project-based learning, but don't know where to start? How do you ensure that classroom projects help students develop critical thinking skills and meet rigorous standards? Find the answers in this step-by-step guide, written by authors who are both experienced teachers and project-based learning experts.

Thinking Through Projects shows you how to create a more interactive classroom environment where students engage, learn, and achieve. Teachers will find

  • A reader-friendly overview of project-based learning that includes current findings on brain development and connections with Common Core standards
  • Numerous how-to's and sample projects for every K-12 grade level 
  • Strategies for integrating project learning into all main subject areas, across disciplines, and with current technology and social media
  • Ways to involve the community through student field research, special guests, and ideas for showcasing student work

Whether you are new to project-based learning or ready to strengthen your existing classroom projects, you'll find a full suite of strategies and tools in this essential book.

"Ensuring that students take the lead in critical thinking and problem solving is the key to success. This book provides educators with the tools to get students ready for real-world learning and collaboration."
—Tania E. Dymkowski, Instructional Support K-8
Hays CISD, Kyle, TX

"A well-written, engaging book that makes even a master PBL teacher rethink her ideas. A must for all!"
—Lisa Parisi, Teacher
Denton Avenue Elementary School, New Hyde Park, NY

Key features

  • Offers a step-by-step guide to developing inquiry-rich projects, including identifying "power" standards, developing an essential question, planning an entry event, creating rubrics for assessment, and deciding on artifacts of learning.
  • Subject-specific chapters consider the language, tools, and methods professionals use, present projects and project ideas, and include reflections from teachers and students about teaching and learning the subject matter in an interdisciplinary way through projects.
  • Experiments – involving brainstorming, visualization, and reflection, all with the purpose of engaging the reader and activating his or her own inquiring mind.
  • Exercises that help readers connect what they are learning to their own practice
  • Conversations – sample conversations serve as models, familiarizing the reader with new ways of interacting as they guide students in meaningful study.
  • Thinking Routines – the purpose and general rules for thinking routines are described in chapter three, and then appear throughout chapters 4-9.
  • Illustrations from the ideas, practices, projects, and student work made available by teachers through blogs, wikis, project Web sites, photo sharing sites and participation in online discussions and Webinars—as well as illustrations or diagrams to clarify key ideas such as the phases of the inquiry cycle.
  • Resources – there are a variety of templates and forms presented in the book available for download in a companion Web site.
  • Technology Spotlights highlight useful technologies teachers and students use for teaching and learning.
  • Offers numerous samples that illustrate concepts and can be adapted to classroom use, including sample conversations, projects, rubrics
  • Facilitator Guide - a brief guide at the end of the book that helps principals, coaches and others use the text to guide teacher learning. The guide summarizes key concepts from each chapter and advises on facilitating group and individual activities. It also helps the facilitator know what to look for and respond to during class visits.
  • Web site – A resource hub with links to all the online tools, Web sites, forms, and templates presented in the book.


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Jane Krauss

Jane Krauss is a teacher, author and consultant who does curriculum and program development designed to increase participation of girls and other underrepresented groups in computer science. She will gladly tell you why computational thinking is the fundamental literacy of our technical age!

Jane also writes and offers professional development internationally around the topic of project-based learning with technology. With Suzie Boss, she is coauthor of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real World Projects in the Digital Age (2nd ed., 2014, ISTE) and Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry (2013, Corwin).

In her free time, Jane enjoys dabbling in glasswork and mosaics, and keeps fit running and hiking on woodland trails just outside her door in Eugene, Oregon.

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Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. She is the author of 10 popular books for educators, most recently Project Based Teaching: How to Create Rigorous and Engaging Learning Experiences and Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, 3rd Ed. She collaborated with award-winning teacher Stephen Ritz to tell his inspiring story about classroom innovation in The Power of a Plant. A regular contributor to Edutopia, PBLWorks National Faculty emeritus, and frequent conference presenter, she consults with schools and nonprofit organizations around the world interested in shifting to a more student-centered, innovative approach to teaching and learning. Active on social media (@suzieboss), she maintains a website at suzieboss.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Section One: Inquiry, the Engine of Deep Learning

1. The Whys and Hows of PBL

2. The Inquiring Human Animal

3. Making the World Safe for Thinking

4. The Thinking-Out-Loud-and-in-View Classroom

5. Designing Rich Learning Experiences

Section Two: Taking a Page From the Experts

6. Thinking Across Disciplines

7. Language Arts

8. Social Studies

9. Science

10. Math

11. The Project Spiral

Appendix A: Project Library

Appendix B: Discussion Guide

Appendix C: Professional Development Guide

Appendix D: Project-Based Learning Resources





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