Hacking Project Based Learning

5 Simple Ways to Give Students Feedback During Project Based Learning: #HackingPBL

Grant Wiggins defined feedback as, “information about how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal.” A few specific examples he included were: A friend tells me, “You know, when you put it that way and speak in that softer tone of voice, it makes me feel better.” A baseball coach tells me, […]

Five Reasons Your Rubric Needs a Makeover: #HackingPBL


How will my students and I know they are learning what they are supposed to learning? How will I assess this? These are easily two of the more popular questions that emerge as educators make the shift to project based learning, and some form of a rubric (and its effective use) is usually a big […]

Inquiry-Based Learning’s Impact on Professional Development #HackingPBL

Admittedly, it took me longer than it should have to be able to make the distinction between professional development and training. In short, I now view professional development as the process of building capacity in participants (or attempting to do so), while training generally follows more of a rigid approach with several “rights” and “wrongs.” […]

10 Ways to Rethink Your Project Based Learning Directions #HackingPBL

Once you have a solid project idea, getting it down on paper and delivering it to your students can be a daunting task. At the beginning of the planning process, you often don’t have much more than a blank slate and a job that involves creating directions that will hopefully help to bring to life […]

5 Ways to Avoid Project Based Learning Fluff #HackingPBL

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When I taught fourth grade, I was initially met with skepticism from other teachers when I started to regularly engage my students in project based learning (PBL) and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). I think much of this apprehension existed because some of my practices did in fact perpetuate the myth that PBL was fluff […]

Busting 5 Myths of Inquiry-Based Learning: #HackingPBL

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This post was written by Erin Murphy (@MurphysMusings5) and was originally published on her blog. The energy in Mrs. Bauer’s sixth grade science classroom is almost palpable. Groups of three to four students are out of their chairs leaning over their tables to get a closer look at a petri dish placed in the center. […]

EVERYONE Is Writing a Book, or EVERYONE Has a Voice?

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Over the past few years the rate at which educational books are being written (mostly by connected educators), has increased rapidly. Thanks to such independent publishers as Mark Barnes and the Hack Learning Series, Dave Burgess Consulting, and EdTechTeam Press, the process of getting a book to market is now that much easier. Many of […]

Reimagining Learning Spaces with Design Thinking: #HackingPBL

Before I left the classroom a few years ago, there were a few items on my bucket list I never got to accomplish (and I would have accomplished them had I taught for just one more year)…One of these missed opportunities was a complete redesign of my classroom. You see, the final year I taught […]

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