PBL Project Slice
- A 1-day workshop for up to 35 participants
- Designed for teachers, school and district leaders, and instructional coaches
- Participants will get a taste of what it's like to be a learner in a PBL classroom
- Led by the PBLWorks National Faculty – a hand-picked group of seasoned teachers, administrators, school coaches, and PBL experts.
In a Project Slice, you feel what it's like to be a learner in a high-quality PBL classroom.
Participants engage as learners in a one-day project that models the key features of the PBL process. The day mirrors the flow of a larger project, beginning with an engaging launch/entry event and authentic driving question. Teams work together to build knowledge, understanding and success skills, and develop and critique products and answers to the driving question.
The day culminates with team presentations of their products, followed by structured reflection on what they have learned about PBL. At key moments throughout the day, participants are encouraged to reflect on the pedagogical moves they are experiencing as PBL learners, as well as implications for their own contexts.
A slice is a great way to begin a PBL initiative for a school or district.
Like an entry event for a project, a Project Slice sparks excitement and creates a genuine “need to know” about how to make PBL happen for all students. Schools and districts often use a Project Slice to build a shared understanding of PBL across a staff or school community. Your workshop will be facilitated by a member of the PBLWorks National Faculty—all seasoned teachers, administrators, and coaches who are PBL experts.
Here are a few examples of Project Slice topics...
Art of Persuasion
Driving question: “How can we use graphic design to inspire change?”
Teams work together to research critical issues they care about, and use principles of persuasive design to create original poster art designed to inspire others to take action on those issues.
Driving question: “How do we manage shared resources for a sustainable future?”
Teams explore economic and environmental science theories related to the “commons." They analyze case studies in which the needs of individuals conflict with the needs of the collective, and work together to develop as possible solutions.