RIGOROUS PBL BY DESIGN
Innovate and Impact Instructional Practice through Rigorous PBL by Design
The Core Collaborative Learning Network supports systems to ensure classroom educators and educational leaders ensure their students have a balance of surface, deep, and transfer understanding of core academic and 21st Century content knowledge and skills and that they have a command over their own learning.
McDowell provides a practical, step-by-step process using Hattie’s research to help teachers improve PBL so it provides the effect on student learning that it should.
– Peter DeWitt, Ed.D., Author & Consultant
RIGOROUS PBL IN ACTION
What is Rigorous PBL and how does it lead to more clarity for teachers and students in the classroom? The following videos illustrate how Rigorous PBL by Design moves teacher practice and substantially impacts student learning.
OVERVIEW OF SERVICES
Educators often feel they are faced with the choice between using innovative instructional methods—such as problem and project based learning—or reverting to traditional direct instruction methods. We desire for more authentic and engaging methods to nurture children’s creativity and engagement, and yet worry whether students are gaining the content knowledge they need to think critically. But this dichotomy is unnecessary; when PBL is designed and delivered effectively, it has the potential to provide the deepest and most lasting impact on learning, scaffolding for deep content knowledge and critical thinking.
PBL has a substantial impact on learning when carefully designed and implemented for surface, deep, and transfer learning.
Rigorous PBL emphasizes three key shifts to project design and implementation:
Clarity of learning outcomes and leveled success criteria at surface, deep, and transfer
Challenging students at their learning level through targeted instruction and feedback
Ensuring a culture that focuses on students taking ownership over their learning
JUMP START YOUR LEARNING
by Michael McDowell
By designing projects that move students from surface to deep and transfer learning through PBL, they will become confident and competent learners. Discover how to make three shifts essential to improving PBL’s overall effect:
Clarity • Challenge • Culture