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 is an education consultant and writer. He was the editor in chief at PBLWorks for many years.