Thinking About the First Days of School in a PBL Environment

31 07 2012
English: School, Classroom. Lezo Public school...

English: School, Classroom. Lezo Public school. Guipuscoa. Basque Country. Euskara: Ikasgela. Lezo herri eskola. Gipuzkoa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello PBL’ers! It’s July 31st, signaling the end of summer break for many of us. Awww…surely not yet!

As we’re starting to begin thinking of the start of the 2012-13 school year, I wanted to share a few posts that might get us thinking about creating a school and classroom culture beyond the normal traditional approach to school. Some may resonate more with you than others, so don’t stop with just one. :)

Harry Wong‘s “First Days of School” not for me on the first day
http://www.teachersfortomorrow.net/1/post/2011/08/harry-wongs-first-days-of-school-not-for-me-on-the-first-day.html

a great one for leaders:

You Want Me to Do What? Creating School Culture
http://edutechmusings.blogspot.com/2012/07/you-want-me-to-do-what-creating-school.html

Using Literature the First Weeks of School (not necessarily the first days, but it could be)
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/literature-tool-community-building-classroom

from one of my favorite colleagues from afar, Paul Bogush:

Because I just wanted to be creative…
http://blogush.edublogs.org/2009/09/03/because-i-just-wanted-to-be-creative

finally, a post from me, comparing a PBL environment to “doing projects”

12 Ways to Know if You’re in a PBL Environment or Merely Having Kids “Do Projects” in Your Classroom
http://gingerlewman.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/12-ways-to-know-if-youre-in-a-project-based-learning-environment-or-merely-having-kids-create-projects-in-your-classroom/

I’m nearly finished with a series of short, quick projects for the new PBL teacher and new PBL class, elementary through high school. When they’re finished, I’ll send along a link to those for you to use if you’d like, to start out the first couple weeks of your brand-new PBL-based classes!

If you have some great first-few-days projects, please do feel free to share them here! I’m sure there are plenty of us looking for better ideas!

Also….
Don’t forget this year’s PBL Workgroup at ESSDACK in Hutchinson, Kansas where some of us will be putting our heads together to create/share projects, ideas, tips, and problem-solve situations unique to PBL environments. This is a great opportunity to connect with other teachers and leaders who are also learning by doing. 

Dates: August 15, Sept 19, Oct 17, Dec 19, Jan 16, Feb 20, April 17, May 15, June 19
Be sure to contact Pam at 620.663.9566 or pamm@essdack.org to register!

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31 07 2012
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2 08 2012
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[...] Hello PBL'ers! It's July 31st, signaling the end of summer break for many of us. Awww…surely not yet! As we're starting to begin thinking of the start of the 2012-13 school year, I wanted to share a few posts that might get us …  [...]

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[...] Hello PBL'ers! It's July 31st, signaling the end of summer break for many of us. Awww…surely not yet! As we're starting to begin thinking of the start of the 2012-13 school year, I wanted to share a few posts that might get us …  [...]

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