favorite projects

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. 

Elementary School:


Middle School:

  • 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


High School:

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!

John Larmer, Editor in Chief
John is editor in chief at PBLWorks, where he has helped create professional development workshops and PBL curriculum materials. He writes for and edits the PBL Blog, and is the co-author of several books on PBL.