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

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 sit down with Meganmarie Dennis, a Magnify Learning PBL Facilitator to discuss the idea of assessment in PBL. From everyday assessment practices to creating and utilizing rubrics successfully, our hosts and their guest lay down some of the basic assessment practices in PBL. At 2:32, they dive into how to assess kids in PBL and how this might look different than assessment in a traditional classroom. At 4:05, they highlight benchmarking and its importance in the PBL process and assessing a project. At 7:43, they discuss how to break up a rubric so kids understand what it is they’re being asked to do, and how to utilize a rubric throughout the entire project. At 10:53, they explore the group grade versus the individual grade, and how to make sure a student’s grade reflects their understanding. Finally, at 15:42, they drop some advice for educators new to PBL: you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.


This episode serves as the first in a series of episodes addressing the idea and practice of assessment in PBL, one of the most frequently asked-about topics in PBL Jumpstart workshops. For tips and resources on PBL rubrics, check out the Magnify Learning Resources page.

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