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PBL in Primary: Who Asks the Questions?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in Less Teacher, More Student, Passion Based Learning, PBL Units, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 14 comments

Because we are doing inquiry or PBL (passion-based learning) this year, my students have asked more questions than they ever have before in my classroom. Both the students and I are still learning about this process, but I like this shift. The person who asks the questions is in charge of the learning, and I want my grade one kids to be in charge of their own learning.

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What Is Creativity?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in PBL Units | 1 comment

School/Cohort: Australia’s Connect U Team Name: Creativity Team members: Mel Cashen, Jodi Woodward, Michelle Blanksby, Kynan Robinson, Kristen Swenson, Simone Hobbs, Kimberley Hall, Elyse Gill, Clare Rafferty Problem, Issue, or Possibility: What is Creativity? What do learners need to be creative? How do you assess creativity? How do you create a creative environment? Objectives and Assessment: Our main goal for PLPConnectU is to create...

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How Does Blogging Improve Students’ Reading and Writing?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in PBL Units | 2 comments

Team Name: New Literacies Team Members: John Thomas, Trish Dower, Matt Scott, Ray Brookman, Richard Lambert, Suzie Janssen, Kathryn Hamilton, Alyson Leete, Michelle Johnson School: Winters Flat PS, Castlemaine PS, Pleasant Street Primary School, Berwick Primary School, Kalinda Primary School, Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Arthurs Creek PS, Streeton PS Abstract: Our team began by discussing a range of new literacies including online...

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How do we provide for the health of animals in our local communities?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in PBL Units | 0 comments

Team Name: Animals and Habitats Team members: Jane Brayshaw, Lisa Stafford, Tim Murtagh, Ben Gallagher, Paul Todd School: Laurimar Primary, Coolaroo South Primary, Meredith Primary School, Kalinda Primary School Abstract: Our project was based around connecting kids to their local habitats and wildlife. We hoped to build a sense of responsibility and ownership in the kids toward their local wildlife and the ‘spaces’ they need to...

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What Can We Do About Junk in Our World?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in PBL Units | 1 comment

Community: Australia’s ConnectU Team Name: Environment Team members: Team Members: Margo Edgar (Pascoe Vale Primary), Delia Jenkins (Brauer College), Craig Bradley (Eltham High School), David Allender (Eltham High School), Liz Ash (Roxburgh Homestead Primary School), Nick O’Brien (Bairnsdale Primary School), COACH – John Pearce Abstract: Our project was based around the idea that ‘junk’ in it’s many forms is a...

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Project-based professional learning

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in PBL Units | 0 comments

Parish Episcopal School Team Members: Dolores Gende, Dave Ostroff, Sherie Skillern, Emma Heaps. Community: Dublin-Dallas Year 2, 2010-2011 PBL UNIT: DESIGNING A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DAY Our PLP team used the process of Project-Based Learning to design our Professional Learning IP21 Edcamp. #1 Begin with the End in Mind To design and implement a successful IP21 EDCAMP: a K-12 Professional Learning day based on the unconference model. #2 Craft...

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