The Shipley School
Team Members: Antonia Angeles L. Gonzales, Beth Boreanaz, Liz Cousins, Sondra Greenberg, Connie Morin, Kristin Shipler, Mark Tassoni, Deb Veraldi, Tina Wattles, and Wendy Eiteljorg.
Community: ADVIS Year 1, 2010-2011
As we began our PLP experience, we became interested in PBL and the possibilities for our students. We spent time investigating the model, learning more, and looking for examples in our own school. After determining that there were not many true PBL units in our classes, we decided to work on increasing the use of PBL in our school. To do that we first had to develop our own understanding of PBL and our own sense of being a learning group. Once we learned about PBL through Buck Institute online tutorial, we used their planning sheets to develop our own PBL units which we reviewed in critical friend groups. Our plan for next year is to teach our units, thus adding to PBL units taught at the school, and to expand schoolwide knowledge of PBL ideas.
- Problem, Issue, or Possibility
- Objectives and Assessment
- Implementation Plan
- Evaluation and Results
- We wanted to build our human capital. We had found an issue to address in our classrooms, but were not ready to tackle it without expanding our own learning first. *We have all learned a lot about PBL though taking Buck Institute’s online tutorial.
- We wanted to come together as a group and develop a critical friends group. Our team consisted of teachers of preK-12 and many in between. Many of us did not know other team members well. *We have made a point to meet frequently and we have seen a lot of growth in our communication in terms of being able to give and receive constructive feedback.
- We wanted to create our own PBL units. *We have made good progress here. Using the Buck Institute planning forms we have each planned a unit.
- We wanted to teach those units. *Some of us have taught our units, others are planning units that will be taught for the first time next year.
- We wanted to continue to meet, beyond our year in PLP.
- We want to expand the use of PBL in classrooms in our school.
- We want to share our understanding with others.
School year 2010-11
- Complete Buck Institute Modules including assessment
- Meet with team after each Module to review learning and build team
- Plan individual PBL units step by step meeting as team to share and critique
- Met in smaller critical friends groups to get input on units
- Some PBL lesson taught
School year 2011-12
- Continue to meet as critical friends group
- Teach all PBL units
- Share our knowledge of PBL by guiding others in our divisions/departments through the Buck Institute online tutorial and bringing others into our critical friends group.
About Action Research Projects
Action research is a process in which Powerful Learning Team members collaboratively examine their own educational practice systematically and carefully. Action research is:
- Disciplined inquiry into a problem or possibility within the school or classroom
- Collaborative and usually takes place in a community of practice
- Meaningful, positive, and reflective
- Data-driven, action-based, improvement-focused
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