Last week, someone mentioned project based learning and common core standards. Until that point, I hadn't really contemplated the relationship. So, I went forth to see what I could find out about how to effectively use PBL with common core standards. In addition to finding that I'm late to the game, here's what I found...
In this video, teacher, Matt Gillespie, describes his Crucible project in great detail (10 minute video). But if you struggle with pulling all the pieces together, his step-by-step explanation of his approach is well worth your time. You'll love the part where he creates an "entry" by creating hysteria, claiming that someone in the class cheated on an exam.
In his article "Project-Based Learning and Common Core Standards," Thom Markham offers project based learning as THE way to cover common core standards. Markham says, "Successful implementation of the new standards will require innovative best practices that persuade and prepare students to engage in thoughtful problem solving, as well as encourage better performance through more sophisticated, broad-based assessments. PBL, done well, accomplishes those goals. But old-style "projects" won't come close." He then outlines what he calls the "six moving parts" of PBL, which include:
An article on Navigator, "Meeting the Common Core Through Project Based Learning" by Dayna Laur, gave some good advice for beginners to PBL. Laur's suggestions include:
If you still need more convincing of the natural relationship between PBL and common core, read Edutopia's article "Creating Schoolwide PBL Aligned to Common Core" by Eric Isselhardt, Ph.D. In this case, the entire school curriculum revolves around project based learning.