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Keep It Real With PBL, Secondary

Keep It Real With PBL, Secondary
A Practical Guide for Planning Project-Based Learning

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January 2020 | 208 pages | Corwin
Let’s Get Real About PBL

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! 

    The Why and What of PBL
    Overview of PBL
    Intro to HQBL
    Why PBL
    The role of the teacher
    The paradigm shift
    Instructional best practices
    Adult agency
    PBL Teacher Profile
    Brainstorming Project Ideas
    Where to look for ideas
    Collaborative brainstorming
    Early project "shaping"
    Idea Bank

    Brainstorming template, model
    Planning for Your Year
    Big Picture, Big Ideas
    How to Plan Interdisciplinary projects
    Pacing, Timing
    Planning Template, model
    Planning with the End in Mind
    Crafting Driving Questions
    Final Products
    Idea bank

    Culminating experiences
    Idea bank

    Planning Template, model
    Benchmarking your Project
    What is benchmarking?
    Identifying deliverables
    Tech Integration Ideas
    Planning Template, model
    Assessment in PBL
    Best practices in assessment
    Building you rubric


    Formative Assessment in PBL
    FAQ: what's worth assessing?
    Student Engagement in Assessment
    Reflection, Feedback

    Idea bank

    Student Rubric Template

    Planning Template, model
    Planning Daily Learning
    Create your calendar
    A note on differentiation

    Planning Template, model

    Classroom Management in PBL
    Visible management tips
    Group contracts

    Workshop method for project work time
    Daily Schedule
    Planning Template, mode

    Launching your Project
    The Hook
    The Know/Need to Know Process
    Project Guidelines

    Project groups
    Home communication
    Next Steps
    Prototype your project
    Project reflection
    Collegial feedback
    exhibiting student work
    exhibition planning flow

    community connections
    scaling and sustaining HQPBL
    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 

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