I’ve been teaching using a project-based learning pedagogy since mid-2010 when I was introduced to PBL by my friend, Dean Groom.
Since then I have had some wonderful learning experiences with PBL and I enjoy sharing both my successes and failures and experiments in learning on my blog. I thought it’d be helpful for other people if I put all of my PBL-related posts on one page, just in case you’re starting out and you want to see how another teacher is doing it too.
If you have any questions, just post a comment below or send me a tweet on twitter :)
My VERY first experience with PBL – and it was hard work and had serious issues! My post might help some of your PBL newbies feel less anxious, maybe!
This is a reflection on my very first PBL experience with Year 10 – it looks at why it may not have been 100% successful.
Interest in PBL from teachers in my local area really started happening at the beginning of 2011. Here is a post where I reflect on my presentation of PBL to HTs of English in my region.
After having run a few PBL projects with my classes, this post reflects on how tough this teaching style can be in the early stages. Might be worth a read for those teachers who are finding PBL hard work.
A brief post outlining a mini-project I ran with my Year 11 English class.
This post outlines the projects I ran in early 2011 with Year 9, 10 and 11. Once again it looks at what worked and what didn’t as part of the project.
Assessment rubrics are a really important feature of PBL. This post discusses online rubric creator Rubistar and how I used it for a novel project.
This post and the next post focus on my Macbeth project – I tried to gamify it. It worked to a point but I must admit I prefer straight PBL.
Reflection on my gamified Macbeth project. Why didn’t it work?
Outline of my VERY fun ‘hook’ lesson with Year 10 about to study Macbeth.
Products for projects should be varied and interesting for students. This post looks at how to create a free eBook of student stories that can be read after scanning a QR code.
I had great success using project-learning for my top Year 11 students. Check out this post to see their amazing products – websites!
A discussion of assessment and PBL. Some ideas on why PBL is a great way to embrace formative and summative assessment.
Student voice and choice. These two posts looks at how teachers can give students much more input in the projects being run in class.
This is a comprehensive post of PBL that I wrote for a presentation to a group of teachers at Riverside Girls HS.
A big problem that PBL teachers face is group dynamics. This post looks at some possible ways of dealing with this using online tools.
This post also deals with management of teams.
For new teachers it’s tough to work out a way to get started with PBL. This post might help, might not too – haha.
After a whole year of PBL, my Year 10 students told me what the did and didn’t like about learning this way. I hope this list helps you!
In this post I give an overview of one of my favourite projects of 2011!
Is PBL successful because it appeals to the ego of the students and not the teachers? I like the comments on this post.