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Creating Life-Long Learners
Using Project-Based Management to Teach 21st Century Skills

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August 2015 | 168 pages | Corwin

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



 
Acknowledgments
 
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  
Initiative  
Adaptability  
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  
DELETE  
 
6. Risk Management
Why Projects Fail  
Heading Off Problems  
Handling the Unmotivated  
Risk Management  
 
7. Different Types of Products
Presentation  
Museum/Exhibit  
Debate  
Performance  
Competition  
Portfolio  
Research Paper  
Model  
Technology-Driven Products  
Entrepreneurship  
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
 
References
 
Index

Free resources

"This book presents a well-organized framework for the educator interested in creating opportunities for students to learn successful skills for the future.  It is a complete guide for philosophy, planning, implementation, and assessing the 21st century classroom."

 
Avis Canty-Duck, Teacher
Greenville County Schools

"This is an excellent resource for those who use project-based learning or have plans to do so.  It takes the guesswork out of planning and provides a clear process for allowing students to take charge of their learning and develop 21st century skills that will serve them well throughout their lives."

Marcia Carlson, Teacher
Crestview Elementary School

"A clear and accessible resource for newer teachers or for veteran teachers who want to implement project-based learning into their classrooms with ease."

Michelle Tavenner, Teacher
Gahanna Middle School East

"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-led 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 only with each other, but also within the community and with technology. This book guides educators in making 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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Introduction

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