It’s been another big year for Project Based Learning, and I’ve heard about and seen a lot of great projects.
The stories came from our guest bloggers, on Twitter, in the news media, or from our National Faculty—and I visited classrooms to see PBL in action.
Here are a dozen of my favorites. This list includes projects (aka PBL units – don’t call them “PBLs”!) of varying types, from different grade levels, in a mix of subject areas.
- Aboriginal culture and agriculture project, Banora Point Primary School, Australia
- Stereotypes about Muslims project, Sunrise Academy, Columbus, Ohio
- Hunger project from Students Rebuild and PBLWorks, adaptable for K-12, which I just saw implemented by 2nd graders at Billie Martinez Elementary school in Colorado
- Shared Storytelling project from Kiffany Lychock in Boulder, Colorado
- Poetry to help people with depression, Eliza B. Kirkbride School, Philadelphia, PA
- Reducing plastic in oceans and waterways project, from Jim Bentley, Foulks Ranch Elementary School, Elk Grove, CA, to be shared in early 2020 in a video from PBLWorks
- Disaster House project, from Drew Hirshon, Pueblo, Colorado
- Air quality project, from Jonathan Kelley, John C. Dempsey Middle School, Delaware, Ohio
- Fan fiction website project, from Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Jefferson Middle School, San Gabriel, CA to be shared in early 2020 in a video from PBLWorks
- Understanding modern tragedies with Romeo and Juliet, from Julia Boudreau, Christian Brothers College High School, St. Louis, Missouri
- Demographer math project, (along with other great ideas for PBL in math) by Robert Barnett, Modern Classrooms Project
- Fighting fake news project, Killara High School, Sydney, Australia
Keep those PBL stories coming, and here’s to many more Gold Standard PBL units in 2020!
Note: We will have one more blog post in 2019 on Dec. 27th, with a list of the top PBL Blog posts of the year, then take a break until Jan. 6. Happy holidays!