The PBL Playbook

The PBL Playbook

You’ve started using PBL in your classroom, and you are committed to doing it. You’re even on the lookout for ways to improve your PBL practice and engage your students. However, you’re probably facing some barriers and obstacles in moving forward. We get it! We are PBL facilitators currently in the classroom, and we have gone through similar PBL trials and failures. We’re ready to use our own experiences and those of the PBL community to help you tackle your problems and offer tools to overcome the hurdles along your journey. We’re calling you to spread the PBL revolution, develop confidence in your own practice, and talk about it with others. You can stay sitting on the bench or you can use the strategies of other PBL teachers who have gone through some of the same problems and come out on top. The PBL Playbook is meant to help you navigate your PBL questions and problems, build your PBL confidence, and add strategies for success to your own playbook!... Show More
April 15, 2018 27 min

Welcome to the PBL Playbook, brought to you by Magnify Learning – where we put teachers back in their sweet spot. Make sure you follow us on Twitter: @magnifylearning, @askgiebs, @MissB103, #PBLPlaybook. 

In this episode, Josh and Andrea go down to the core of PBL and discuss what makes PBL work. Featuring interviews with students and the mother of students who have performed in a PBL environment.

2:15 - Magnify Learning’s definition of PBL 

3:21-14:00 - Interview with Emma and Eli Edwards, students at CSA New Tech in Columbus, IN.

Interview highlights:

  • 4:00 - Student perspective: What makes PBL work?
  • 5:44 - PBL and college/real-world readiness 
  • 9:08 - Elements of a successful project
  • 10:36 - FACILITATOR TIP - Using ongoing feedback and reflection throughout projects to keep students engaged
  • Check out Magnify Learning’s PBL Resources page for resources on feedback and reflection throughout a project
  • 11:13 - What makes a project memorable to students? 
  • Project Highlight - Puddles to Park
  • 14:35-25:50 - Interview with Laura Burbrink (@burbrinkl), mother of 4 students that have attended PBL schools

    Interview Highlights:

  • 15:07 - Parent perspective: What makes a parent confident in the PBL model vs. traditional school?
  • 16:50 - Employability skills through PBL
  • 18:15 - FACILITATOR TIP - Creating a safe school/classroom culture for students to perform and take risks 
  • 18:34 - Parent perspective: What about PBL engages your students the most?
  • 20:32 - Using Need-to-Knows and student inquiry to drive the project process
  • Check out Magnify Learning’s PBL Resources page for resources on feedback and reflection throughout a project
  • 20:54 - Student compliance vs. student engagement - PBL vs. Projects
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