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Problem-Based Learning in K-8 Classrooms
A Teacher's Guide to Implementation



January 2002 | 112 pages | Corwin
`Using Problem-Based Learning has changed the way I teach completely. My children now learn more, do more, and have much more fun in the process. I have more fun in the process too and, once again, can enjoy the things that attracted me to teaching in the first place. I recommend that every K-8 teacher pick up this book and use it not just for what PBL can do for students, but what it does for teachers!' - Elizabeth Durling, 20-year Elementary school teacher Winston-Salem, North Carolina

This book is designed to familiarize educators with the philosophy of Problem-Based Learning, to show its intended benefits, and to present many classroom examples.

In the problem-based learning approach, students are presented with a problem and work in small groups to arrive at some resolution to the problem. The teacher is no longer the focus of all that happens, although the teacher plays a crucial role in selecting the problem and facilitating the student groups. Rather, the students determine the kind of content learning required to move forward, the resources to use, and how new information is synthesized towards resolution. Ann Lambros demonstrates how, as a result, the students become an active part of their own learning, creating their own direction as driven by the problem scenario. PBL enlarges the scope of learning opportunities for students at all levels of education.

The author clearly outline the implementation of PBL in classrooms at every level, including practical, easy-to-follow segments: "Getting Started," "It Looks Like This," "Problem Examples," and more

This book is a valuable resource for any teacher or principal interested in learning about the benefits of Problem-Based Learning for their school.


 
Preface
Acknowledgements

 
 
About the Author
 
1. The What and Why of Problem-Based Learning
 
2. PBL and the K-1 Classroom
 
3. PBL and the 2-3 Classroom
 
4. PBL and the 4-6 Classroom
 
5. PBL and the 7-8 Classroom
 
6. Putting PBL to Work and to the Test
 
Appendix A: PBL Facilitator Do's and Don'ts: Suggestions for Prompting and Guiding Students
 
Appendix B: Additional PBL Problem Examples by Grade Level
 
Appendix C: Completed PBL Process Chart, Single Chart
 
Appendix D: Completed PBL Process Chart, Multiple Charts
 
Appendix E: Bibliographic Information for Referenced PBL Problem Resources
 
References
 
Suggested Readings
 
Index

"Using Problem-Based Learning has changed the way I teach completely. My children now learn more, do more, and have much more fun in the process. I have more fun in the process too and, once again, can enjoy the things that attracted me to teaching in the first place. I recommend that every K-8 teacher pick up this book and use it not just for what PBL can do for students, but what it does for teachers!"

Elizabeth Durling, Elementary school teacher
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: The What and Why of Problem-Based Learning


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