Liked Yes, Project-Based Learning Gets Kids Ready for the Test (and so much more) (A.J. JULIANI)
I’d ask anyone who is criticizing PBL in the classroom to talk to the teachers and students who have had this opportunity. I’d ask them to look at what students are creating, making, and building during this time. I’d ask them to talk to the parents about their students’ attitude towards learning. I give two answers to the question above: Try it for a day and see what happens. Start small and build from there. Teach through the project, instead of using the project as an “end-of-unit” assessment that takes more time than a multiple choice test. When kids learn during the project, the time constraint goes away.
Bookmarked 3 Simple Ways to Differentiate Instruction in Any Class (A.J. JULIANI)
Differentiation definitely makes sense, but again the question is HOW to do it in a class of 27 students.
AJ Juliani shares three strategies to support differentiation:

  • Assess the Process, Not the Product
  • Flip the Lecture, Flexible Groups the Following Day
  • Pick-Your-Station Activity
Bookmarked How the Heck Do You Grade Choice-Based Learning? (A.J. JULIANI)
Portfolios helped me visually see where my students were struggling and where they were exceeding my expectations. Portfolios also allowed for student choice in the assessment process, which as we know lead to student engagement and ownership of their learning.
Juliani provides a useful reflection on using Understanding by Design and PBL together.