The week is finally here! In three short days, students will be initiated to The Story Project and will, for the first time, see this blog (hi guys!). As I get ready to really launch my second ever PBL, I want to share with you some of the resources that have helped me along the way. While my colleagues and in-building support have been (and continue to be) excellent sources of information and feedback, I’ve found that in order to really prepare something wonderful for the students, I’ve gone outside my building as well.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Buck Institute for Education – these guys are the resource to go to when it comes to all things PBL. They’ve got a great blog, which is currently undergoing major expansions, and some excellent planning tools.
- The Project Planner is a great way to dive in – it’ll force you to think about all aspects of your project and it’ll help facilitate the deep thinking that leads to solid planning.
- There’s also a curated selection of projects organized by subject area and level – it’s an awesome way to either get inspired, or to find a way of dipping your toe in the PBL waters.
- Once you’re done planning, you can check your work against BIE’s Project Design Rubric to make sure that you’ve hit all the marks of a Gold Standard PBL.
- Edutopia, per usual, has an exhaustive compendium of information and links to blogs, a discussion board, and videos.
- This post in particular feels especially relevant and fresh, particularly for those of us in middle and high school settings, because it emphasizes student choice and authenticity in secondary classrooms
- This post from Teach Thought, while a little older (from 2013) has also been helpful in directing me to all the different places that I need to go in order to get my questions answered whether it’s about resources or strategies.
So, there you have it – while this list is by no means exhaustive, it’s definitely a great place to get started, whether you’re just thinking about getting started with a PBL, or you’re an experienced creator. What are some of your favorite educational resources?
Next time I check in, it’ll be to let you know how the launch went!