Growth Mindset in Project Based Learning

 

What is Growth Mindset?

Having a growth mindset means you believe that you can get smarter through hard work and practice. Growth mindset isn’t just important for your students that struggle; it’s also important for your students that exceed. For the students that exceed, growth mindset teaches them that their intellectual ability can always be further developed.

If you have any of the following students in your classroom,

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Project-Based Learning Schedule

One of the most common questions I get about project-based learning is “When will I have time for this?”. Teachers are concerned about adding something extra to their already busy schedules, and they just don’t know what it’s supposed to look like. The good news about PBL is that it isn’t a completely extra thing to add on to your schedule. Students learn and apply standards within it, so it takes the place of some of your direct instruction.

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If you’re new to project-based learning, or recently went through training, you may find yourself confused about what actually happens during a PBL. The answer is a lot of different things. As students begin to inquire about the things you’ve listed as “need to know” for the project, they will participate in a variety of activities.

Traditional Lesson Structure

It’s hard to imagine any other way of teaching when we’ve done teach,

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Project Based Learning Activities

If you’re new to project-based learning, or recently went through training, you may find yourself confused about what actually happens during a PBL. The answer is a lot of different things. As students begin to inquire about the things you’ve listed as “need to know” for the project, they will participate in a variety of activities.

What should the activities include?

It’s important that the activities your students are completing during project-based learning include the elements of PBL.

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My favorite professional development books for project-based learning!

I’m a huge advocate of project-based learning, but I know it comes with its challenges. Even though I’ve been doing PBL in my classroom for over 6 years now, I continue to read every new book that comes out about PBL methods so that I can address those challenges with the most current research-based information.¬†Here are my favorites!

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Planning Project-Based Learning With The Standards In Mind

The #1 concern I hear from teachers that want to implement project-based learning is that they just don’t have time to do PBL because they have so many standards to teach. There is good news for those teachers: Project-based learning can (and should!) be used to teach and apply your standards.

Included in this post are the ways that I plan my PBL activities around our standards.

Intentional Planning

My first year teaching,

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