Project Based Learning Workshop

Project Based Learning WorkshopExternal Experts Jill Akers and Shayna Cooke from the World Leadership School lead the Upper School team in professional learning focused on the inquiry-based, teaching approach known as PBL or project based learning. The Upper School team learns how to lead a class discussion without a teacher “at the front.” Each person must speak at least once before the next prompt/question is posed. Someone at the board maps out the discussion to make sure each person speaks and that no one monopolizes the air-time. The teacher does not make eye contact and does not allow the students to engage him/her, but “snaps” when the text/article is referenced. What does assessment look like, feel like, sound like? What does it look like at the “end”?

Watching a clip from “The Karate Kid.” Mr. Miyagi is the ultimate teacher. His preferred strategy is not lecture, but hands on, real world engagement. Daniel doesn’t even realize he has been learning karate.


Any professional learning workshop is incomplete until Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy makes an appearance.  See Bloom’s question stems.

Pre-Planning Recap: Day 1

pre-planningOpening Session Agenda:
1) Welcome
2) Special Guests: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lead us in icebreakers (Thank you Matt & Laura)
3) Circle up and introduce yourself
4) Play game “Would you rather”
– Apples, Oranges, Peaches
– 70s, 80s, or 90s
– Bring back Chris Farley or John Candy
5) Tips for how to get the most out of your pre-planning experience
– Accept the calendar invitations (and notice details ie location)
– Make wise use of your “GTD” (Get Things Done) times
– Be early/on time and ready to contribute, move us forward
– Look for someone to help
6) Inspiration: Share about “Raiders Guys” and compare to Gold Standard PBL
7) Break and Transition to PBL Session w/Jenny & Maggie

Location: New, empty Middle School room



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