Category Archive: PBL

Jun 16

Student Learning Wall Guide: Empowering Student Voice

Checkout ALE/PBL Guide Entering most classrooms, there is information about the learning outcomes and assignments posted. The purpose is to let students know what is the focus and follow up work that is connected. This information is like the billboards along the highways. People drive by without paying attention to the signs that become lost in …

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Nov 18

Math: Real World Applications via Authentic Learning Experiences

Guest Blogger, Telannia Norfar is an exceptional teacher of Math. She helps students understand math by using a variety of perspectives that truly differentiates instruction so that all can learn. She currently resides and works in OK. She also works with schools nationally on project-based learning. Follow her on Twitter @thnorfar. Here is her assistance …

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Apr 20

Steps to Address Student Apathy and Critical Thinking

I got a question from S. Crowder asking how to address student apathy and struggles with developing critical thinking skills through Differentiation for STEM/PBL curriculum. It’s an important concern that is shared by many who truly want their students to succeed. So I’m sharing the post here (with some word edits). I invite you to …

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Mar 31

Four steps to stronger and more independent teams

Four steps to stronger and more independent teams by John McCarthy, Ed.S. We all want the same thing. We want students able to work well with others. Every learner should be fully invested in the collaborative needs of their team so that the work is evenly balanced and highly productive. But the secret truth for …

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Mar 20

Notes from MACUL 2015

Spending 2 days at MACUL conference 2015 was a pleasure and good learning experience. I appreciate the diverse topics that MACUL addresses. As an instructional technology organization MACUL does an excellent job of nurturing the dialog around instruction and learning with support through technology. I look forward to participate next year. During the sessions that …

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Mar 19

Authentic Audiences Purpose: Engaging Students in Learning that Means Something

Authentic Audiences Purpose: Engaging Students in Learning that Means Something by John McCarthy, Ed.S. Follow on Twitter: @jmccarthyeds – https://twitter.com/JMcCarthyEdS When my kids get excited about school it’s a wonderful moment. This is especially true as they are teenagers attending a Project Based Learning School. Those moments occur “only” (yes I’m being absolute) when the topics …

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Feb 24

Need to Know Process for PBL & quality Units

Updated: June 16, 2016 I’d like to thank Myla Lee for her collaborative feedback so as to ensure that this description of using Need to Knows becomes as effective a support for all grade levels. Follow her on Twitter: @MyTLee3 and myself at: @JMcCarthyEdS Need to Know Process Have you ever asked students if they have any questions, …

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Dec 15

4 unit Guidelines toward Meaningful Audience Purpose

A good Project-Based Learning unit experience provides students with an opportunity to make an impact on a community, person, or organization. It’s real–goes beyond the world known as “school.” While this idea has resonance for many educators it’s often felt as an abstract concept. How do teachers consistently bring about an authentic purpose that will …

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Oct 18

Game ON – How kids want to learn

Game ON – How kids want to learn by John McCarthy, Ed.S. This past spring my two teenagers got me involved in playing Clash of Clans. It’s a game played on smart phones and tablets. It’s free, which is a major criteria for my cost-conscious kids, followed by if it captures their attention. Clash of …

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Jul 21

My Project-Based Learning Experience

I credit my middle school Social Studies teacher for my love of History. I often cite one of her projects for how I built deep understanding of the pre-Civil War era and connected the political stratification in the mid-1800s to the challenges of gridlock in government today. My classmates and I were given the charge …

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