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Make It Matter!

Move from projects to PBL by focusing on ideas, work, and effort!

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Moving toward PBL with Make It Matter model

Implementing PBL with Make It Matter

Specific strategies and examples for using the Make It Matter model (ideas, work, effort) to move projects closer to project-based learning.

Authentic Task

How to write a great authentic task

A guide to incorporating collaboration, real-world problems, community connections, and self-directed learning.

A great project

Eight elements of great project design

Students making things is better than being passive, but making good things is better still!

Assess student project work.

Assessing student project work

Evaluates content knowledge AND skills like creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation.

Collaboration During Student Project Work

Get the most out of collaboration

Working collaboratively prepares students for their future, and builds essential 21st century skills.

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Developing Norms for Successful Collaboration during Project-Based Learning

Set the foundation for a classroom culture that supports effective teamwork

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Formative assessment during project-based learning

Inform learning and practice to support progress and ensure success

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Transform student project presentations

Transform project presentations into presentations of learning with feedback and reflection.

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Showcase student work during project-based learning

Authentic work requires a real world audience

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It's the process, not the product

The learning taking place during project work is more important than the finished product.

Authentic audiences

Overcoming the myth of "When I grow up"

"When I Grow Up" tells students that their value today is limited. Instead, we should ask "What do you want to be today?"

PBL

Work on projects that matter

Project-based learning motivates students by asking them to work toward an outcome that matters to them.

Connecting Curricula for Deeper Understanding

Connecting curricula for deeper understanding

Academic disciplines have a lot in common, we should interconnect them.

Design

Success starts with effective project design

Before students can create a successful project you have to create a good design or plan for that project.

Questioning

Develop shared expectations for project work

Four questions to answer when you are beginning a project with students.

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Get students ready for project-based learning

Give students experiences that will help the transition to project-based learning.

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Less us, more them!

Raise expectations and standards in our classrooms by granting more responsibility to the learner.

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A good prompt is worth a thousand words

The richest learning experiences and demonstrations of mastery emerge from situations with maximum flexibility.

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Develop projects that endure

Challenge students to achieve high quality so the value of student projects is obvious.

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Taking a Project-Based Approach to STEM Learning

How STEM and PBL go hand in hand.

Professional Development

A project approach to professional development

An approach to staff development that improves teaching and learning by modeling effective strategies.

Rubric

Get started with rubrics!

Rubrics describe what high performance looks like and help establish responsibility for it.

Five habits of coaches

Five habits of great classroom coaches

Effective habits to foster student performance throughout the project process.

Reflection

Reflecting on your PBL implementation

Reflection and refinement is essential to the successful implementation of project-based learning.

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Capitalize on the talents of special needs students

Special needs students can flourish in project-based learning environment.

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