ICYMI Tech Tuesday – PBL 502 – Building Better Rubrics

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

If you missed the Tech Tuesday session yesterday, click here to check out the agenda and materials.  Below, I’ve linked a screencast I posted to my YouTube channel that models a standards-based approach to writing a rubric.  Using the template I provided in yesterday’s post (also below), you can go through the process yourself. Screencast Read More …

ICYMI Tech Tuesday – PBL 107 – Getting Started

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

It’s time to create your first PBL unit. In this session, develop an idea; specify learning goals; decide on the project scope and write a driving question. Today was the first day of a year-long series of Tech Tuesdays on project-based learning (PBL).  This Tuesday, we explored project-based learning (PBL) as defined by the Buck Read More …

Murder We Wrote project wrap-up

To round out the third quarter of the year, my students completed a more independent project where I asked them to write a made-for-TV drama script.  The Murder We Wrote project centered around the driving question: Using 12 Angry Men, as our mentor text, how do we, as young, creative writers, craft a screenplay that Read More …

watching humble sophomores interview an acclaimed author/producer = my #eduwin

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

Last week, I helped to facilitate (note: not “teach”) a great #eduwin that was celebrated more by my students than by me as an educator.  After now weeks of working on our gangs awareness / My Bloody Life project, arrangements were finalized to Skype with Alex Kotlowitz, producer of The Interrupters (which airs on PBS tomorrow/Tuesday night). Read More …

night of juxtapositions during the first #PBLChat

A couple months ago, I was really looking forward to the Midwest Meeting of the Minds where I would get to meet other teachers in my region to see what they were up to and how they were dealing with some of their classroom struggles.  I got a lot of valuable advice (even some that Read More …

Choices! pt1: students in PBL environments

I was able to tour a project-based learning school last week, and I was tremendously impressed by my student tourguide as well as the students I spoke to. They communicated freely with me (an adult and a stranger tot he school) about their learning in a reflective manner.  Most of what I was seeing was Read More …