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Keep It Real With PBL, Elementary

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

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October 2019 | 160 pages | Corwin
Plan enriching Project-Based Learning experiences with ease! 

Is project-planning a project in and of itself? Does project-based learning (PBL) feel more like a pipe dream than a reality in your classroom? Dr. Jennifer Pieratt, a consultant and former teacher herself, knows just where you’re coming from. 

Developed from the author’s experience in the trenches of project-based learning over the past decade, this book will lead you through the planning process for an authentic PBL experience in a clear and efficient way. Project-based learning has been found to develop workforce readiness, innovation, and student achievement. In this book, the keys to implementing PBL effectively are explored in a simple, easy-to-use format. In addition to thought-provoking questions for journaling, readers will find a visually accessible style featuring
#realtalk soundbites that honor 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

If mastering a PBL framework is on your list, prepare to cross it off with the help of this book!

Chapter 1: The What and Why of PBL
An Overview of Project-Based Learning  
PrBL vs. PBL  
Why PBL?  
What is HQPBL?  
But They Aren’t Ready!  
Chapter 2: The Role of the Teacher in PBL
Chapter 3: Brainstorming Project Ideas
Where to Look for Ideas  
Collaborative Brainstorming  
PBL Brainstorming Form  
Chapter 4: Planning for Your Year  
Big Picture and Big Ideas  
Make Content Connections  
Pacing Your Project  
Identify a Real Connection  
Is There Enough Juice for the Squeeze?  
Chapter 5: Planning With the End in Mind
Enduring Understandings  
Driving Questions  
Final Products  
Voice and Choice  
A Note About Differentiation  
Culminating Experience  
Chapter 6: Benchmarking Your Project
What is Benchmarking?  
Chapter 7: Assessment in PBL
Best Practices in Assessment Apply to PBL  
How to Build Your Project Rubric  
Formative Assessment in PBL  
FAQ: What’s Worth Assessing?  
Student Engagement in PBL Assessment  
Chapter 8: Planning Daily Learning
Create Your Project Calendar  
Managing the Project  
Daily Schedule  
Chapter 9: Launching Your Project
The Hook  
Knows/Need to Knows  
Project Guidelines  
Project Groups  
Home Communication  
Chapter 10: Next Steps
Prototype Your Project  
Seek Out Collegial Feedback  
Plan for Exhibiting Student Work  
Community Connections  
Scaling and Sustaining HQPBL  
Appendix A: Complete Project Plans
Appendix B: Blank Project Planning Templates
Appendix C: Teacher Toolbox


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 elementary 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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