Theme: Project Based Learning / Inquiry-Based Learning
Length: 90 Minutes
Target Audience: Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12; audience, K-12; 90 minute session
Title: Symptoms and Remedies for PBL Paralysis
A bright, thoughtful teacher sits with her lesson plans, and she dreams of engaging her students in authentic, innovative learning. The magnificent idea comes crashing down around her as the feigned fears associated with planning such an authentic, innovative experience become overwhelming. We call this feeling: PBL Paralysis.
While project based learning (PBL) has circulated the education arena for decades, it has yet to breach into mainstream instructional practices. While there are undoubtedly some systemic factors that inhibit this forward motion, countless educators hesitate to implement PBL due to causes of PBL Paralysis.
In this session, we’ll demystify what PBL is all about by examining PBL Paralysis and some of the main obstacles (and solutions) that typically prevent educators from implementing project based learning. We’ll dive into: how to differentiate PBL to make it work for all students, carrying out PBL while also covering what’s on the state test, what to do if your district’s professional development doesn’t cut it, and more!
Participants will leave (1) knowing where to start in implementing PBL in their respective schools, and (2) feeling confident they have answers for the main “Yes, buts!” related to project based learning.