PBL ~ Better with Practice


PBL ~ Better with Practice

A group of educators interested in fine-tuning classroom practice to get the very most out of project-based learning.

Members: 286
Latest Activity: Nov 28, 2017


Let's Meet at #PBLChat

Did you know PBL enthusiasts meet up through Twitter each Tuesday night for conversation about all things PBL? Use the hashtag #pblchat any time, but especially on Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Welcome Members! If you are new to PBL~BwP please introduce yourself here in a new members thread.

Here are the links to our past PBL Better with Practice Webinars
Session 1 Creating a Culture of Inquiry
Recording (2:00: link 2, 5:00:link 3)
Slide deck with links
Session 2 ~ Keeping Your Project on the Rails
2:00 pst Recording - 5:00 pst Recording
Slide deck with links
Session 3 ~ It’s Not Over When It’s Over: The Project Spiral
2:00 pst Recording - 5:00 pst Recording
Slide deck with links

Discussions Continue in the Better with Practice Group
Please dig in, and feel free to start more discussions.
A big THANK YOU to Project Foundry for sponsoring this series!

Discussion Forum

PBL and Civics in Hawaii

Started by Brian Rock Nov 28, 2017. 0 Replies

Projects Going On In Our Classrooms

Started by Rachel Pickett. Last reply by Brian Rock Oct 9, 2017. 10 Replies

Welcome, New Members

Started by Suzie Boss. Last reply by Or-Tal Kiriati May 31, 2015. 48 Replies

use of PBL

Started by Aytakin Ahmadova Nov 16, 2013. 0 Replies

Jacobs Educator Award Program

Started by Matt Callison Jun 14, 2013. 0 Replies

Teaching Drama in 7th Grade ELA with PBL

Started by Amber hooks Sep 17, 2012. 0 Replies

Project Based U.S. History lesson

Started by Larry Blodgett. Last reply by Larry Blodgett Apr 19, 2012. 2 Replies

New Guide for Parents

Started by Suzie Boss Mar 21, 2012. 0 Replies

New PBL Assessment Guide

Started by Suzie Boss. Last reply by Margaret Young Sep 18, 2011. 4 Replies

Observing 9/11

Started by Suzie Boss. Last reply by Suzie Boss Sep 6, 2011. 4 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Jeff Hoffart on August 4, 2013 at 4:13pm

Every teacher wants their students to take action that makes a difference to and in the world. But how do we make this happen?

This year, Tosca Killoran, Adam Bourret and I launched a research project to look at how we can enable and empower our students in taking sustainable action; The peer reviewed paper was published on February 28, 2013 in the IB Journal of Teaching Practice

In continuing with this research, we developed an Action Phase Document, as well as a Children's book. The phase document was created because the authors believe that the concept of action is more a state of mind than a product. Action can only make a resonating difference to and in the world when it is developed in tandem with a toolbox of explicitly taught skills, modeled behaviors, scaffolded plans and a gradual release of responsibility.

This document contains a service-learning curriculum framework, which includes: strands, sub-strands, phases and online resources that complement the skills focused on at each stage of the learning journey towards sustained action.

It is available here: http://www.helptakeaction.com/action-phase-document.html

The children's book that we created is now available in Print version and will soon be available as an eBook. To learn more about "A is for Action: The ABC's of Taking Action", check out: http://www.ed-ucation.ca/a-is-for-action-the-abcs-of-taking-action....

Take a look and let me know what you think. I appreciate any feedback you can offer!

Comment by Jim Bentley on May 14, 2013 at 7:20am

Hi All. I'm a 6th grade teacher in Elk Grove and executive director of Curiosity Films, a student inspired and teacher directed studio committed to empowering kids to use the medium of film to express their voices and showcase their learning. You can check out our project based learning projects and films at http://curiosityfilms.edublogs.org

We're always looking for new funding sources and opportunities to apply our filmmaking skills. Currently, I'm working on a Kickstarter proposal for the 2013-14 school year. We hope to create a feature length documentary on waste streams. So far, we've forged partnerships with our city's integrated waste division, our region's waste hauling service, and The World We Want Foundation to make this happen! 

Comment by Matt Callison on October 14, 2012 at 1:59pm
Good Afternoon!

My name is Matthew Callison. I am a former elementary teacher working on my PhD in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington.

I am writing to ask for your voluntary participation in an online survey I created as part of a research study I am conducting. The purpose of this study is to learn more about elementary teachers knowledge of, and experience with, student-centered teaching approaches. My hope is that the information gathered in this study can be used to understand how we can better support elementary teachers.

If you are an elementary teacher, please consider participating in this online survey. Your experiences as an elementary teacher are invaluable in helping researchers and teacher educators learn more about how to support teachers like you in your important work.

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and does not collect any personal information unless you decide to leave your contact information at the end of the survey.  You can learn more about the study and begin the survey (if you choose to participate) by visiting the link below:


If you know of other elementary teachers who may wish to participate in this study, please forward this information to them.

Thank you for your time.

Matthew Callison
Doctoral Student
Instructional Systems Technology, School of Education, Indiana University Bloomington
Comment by Kevin Gant on January 31, 2012 at 10:36am

Hi All,

I wanted to invite you to a weekly event on twitter:  PBLChat.   It's like Educhat, but about issues specifically surrounding Project Based Learning.  It lasts for an hour, and people go fast and furious talking about their practice, ideas, and feedback.  It starts at 9 pm EST.

All you need to do is log on to twitter, then type in #pblchat to the search window to see the posts.  Include #pblchat in your tweet to join the voices.

Each week is a different topic - tonight's theme is "Empowering Students with Digital Tools".    

Join us this Tuesday, and every tuesday at 9 pm EST!

-Kevin Gant


Comment by Telannia Norfar on December 14, 2011 at 8:38pm

I was at BIE headquarters this past week. I heard some great news! BIE and Napa Valley USD are sponsoring PBL World. Registration will open Feb. 1. They will have onsite and Edmodo sessions. It will be June 18-22. They are going to release an Edmodo app! Details are going on the bie.org site next year.

Comment by Cyprian Dusabe on August 3, 2011 at 10:55am

Hi Everyone

How have you been? Kindly Donate any ammount and may be even with PayPal & I also wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for all the support that you have given St Mark  Institute Of Health Sciences  in the past! Your support has helped in buying medicine which has helped in treatment of thousands of children and we also wanted to tell you about an exciting new opportunity for St Mark  Institute Of Health Sciences !
We have been selected by the GlobalGiving Foundation to participate in its Open Challenge, a fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations working around the world.
In order to succeed in GlobalGiving’s Open Challenge, St Mark  Institute Of Health Sciences must raise $4,000 from 50 donors by 31st August 2011 threshold, we will be given a permanent spot on GlobalGiving’s website, where we have the potential to benefit from corporate relationships, exposure to a new donor network, and access to dozens of online fundraising tools. In addition, we could earn as much as $3,000 in financial prizes for raising the most money.
Please help us reach the threshold of $4,000 from 50 donors! Be one of the first people to make a donation at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/children-hospital/  Not only will your donation help in Building Childrens Hospital In Uganda but, it will help us take advantage of a long-term fundraising opportunity!
We’re also going to need your help spreading the word! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family!
Thank you, as always, for your continued support!
Cyprian G. Dusabe
Executive Director
St Mark  Institute Of Health Sciences
Comment by GoldStudent on May 19, 2011 at 1:57am


I would like to introduce you our website: http://www.goldstudent.com

It is a fun, easy and effective online math enrichment and assistance program for students K-6. It is designed to help children improve their problem-solving skills, gain confidence in their math abilities and have fun while they learn.

We have just launched our Free Trial! You can now create an account without any charges.

Please tell us what do you think.


Comment by Roberta on March 25, 2011 at 8:47am


I would love to use PBL.  I teach technology in a K-8 school and have done 1 unit each with the students in grades 7 & 8 they got so much out of it that I want to try it with other grades. 

Comment by Andrea Hildreth on February 22, 2011 at 3:22pm


Check this out:


A listing of projects that might fit your needs.

Comment by Patricia Smeyers on February 22, 2011 at 1:13pm
HI everyone,  I look forward to collaborating with this group.  I am a graduate student completing a M.E.T. and just enrolled in my summer course Technology Supported Project Based Learning.  This group sounded like a great way to begin learning about current trends and research.  Thank you for allowing me to join today!

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