Project Based Learning In Practice

Project Based Learning In Practice
Weekly tips, interviews, strategies and best practices in implementing Project Based Learning from Instructional Coach Shayla Adams-Stafford.

How to Successfully Use Technical Experts in your Projects
Feb 12 • 24 min
How can you use technical experts as MORE than just presenters? Join us today as we chat with Dayna Laur , Co-Founder of Project ARC. We cover everything from moving beyond Driving Questions with Launch Questions, to an interdisciplinary project…
Is your PLC Supporting PBL?
Jan 22 • 29 min
Join us this week as we chat with Brad Sever, School Leader who drops knowledge on how we can transform our PLC’s to support PBL. He pushes listeners to move past “surface” level learning and get our students thinking about their own thinking! Brad is a…
How to combine SEL and PBL in your classroom
Jan 7 • 23 min
Our guest this week Mike Kaechele discusses is successful Water Project and how to combine SEL Competencies within a Project Based Setting. Mike is currently a facilitator and travels the country supporting teachers in PBL practices and curriculum. If…
Break Work- To give or not to give?
Nov 26, 2019 • 7 min
This episode I wanted to discuss a common dilemma some teachers face this time of year; whether to give a project over break! These are some thoughts I have on this issue, but I would love to hear from you! Comment in the FB group PBLinPractice or connect…
Author Chat: Project Based Learning in the Math Classroom!
Nov 19, 2019 • 34 min
Join me as I chat with PBL Math gurus Telannia Norfar and Chris Fancher as we break down commonly held myths about implementing PBL in the Math Classroom…with their book by that same title :) These two are dropping major gems about how to successfully…
“The Car Idling Challenge”- Rethinking teaching the scientific process through PBL
May 28, 2019 • 29 min
Join us as our guest Jon Kelley shares how he used a real evironmental and public health issue, car idling, to teach students about the scientific process. Hear how he was able to engage community experts and excite students around this challenge! Jon is…
#TechTuesday with Headrush
Mar 19, 2019 • 23 min
This week school director Peter Wieczorek shares with us how his staff uses @headrush to manage student projects. At his school, which is completely student centered, students engage highly personalized individual and group projects, so a tool like this…
Coaching through Inquiry: Jill Ackers shares how she uses the power of questioning to help teachers execute PBL!
Mar 5, 2019 • 29 min
Join us for a chat with Instructional Coach, veteran educator, and life-long questioner Jill Ackers as she shares with us how her own personal experiences influenced her coaching and how she transformed her coaching style to meet the needs of inquiry…
AP US History + PBL…can it be done?
Jan 29, 2019 • 32 min
Join us this week as we chat with PBL educator Alprentice Mccutchen as he breaks down his concept of the ‘Super Unit’ which he uses to bring PBL ‘depth and not breadth’ to this challenging course! Keep up with Al on Twitter @AlprenticeM !
Teacher as Learner: Leading a PBL School and helping teachers reimagine the student experience!
Nov 27, 2018 • 23 min
Join us as we hear from Brandon Johnson, a proven PBL School Leader as we discuss the ups and downs of leading a wall-to-wall PBL School! He talks about how to get your staff to rally around a ‘common language’ and flip the learning experience during…
“Man, why are we learning this?”- Designing ‘with’ students, teacher vulnerability & letting go!
Oct 30, 2018 • 29 min
This week we talk with PBL Coach, Teacher, and School Designer Andrew Biros as he drops tons of gems on how to involve students in the actual project design process and how vulnerability in the classroom can be a good thing! He challenges us to think…
“And the winner is….” Using the arts and bit of competition in ELA!
Oct 23, 2018 • 19 min
Dara Laws-Savage describes how she uses her innovative Carter Awards program to bring ELA research to life! Keep up with Dara online @ Twitter: @msdlaws, and in her Facebook group: Savage Educational Consulting!
#TechTuesday- Learning with Loom- Screen Video Recording
Jul 24, 2018 • 24 min
Our guest this week Ted Malefyt breaks down how he uses Loom to provide effective, screen-recorded feedback to students to create dynamic projects. Best part—- this tool is free! Ted also delves into the intersection of Tech and Nature and how he balances…
The ‘Silo-breaker’: Finding connection to move students forward
Jun 5, 2018 • 26 min
Join us as we talk with PBL Powerhouse Ginger Lewman as she shares how she breaks silos that exists in schools to help students and teachers realize the power of connection. Ginger is a Keynote speaker, author and teacher. You can purchase her latest book…
Restorative Practices + ELA: Creating the culture to get the most out of student writing
May 22, 2018 • 23 min
Join us as we chat with Lauren Mckenzie, a D.C. based ELA and SS educator, as she shares how she helps students connect and create empathy for a project through restorative practices. For more info on Lauren and her project you can reach her at…
Tech Tuesday: Using LittleBits to practice Computational Thinking!
May 15, 2018 • 16 min
This week on our very first #TechTuesday we have the opportunity to speak with Jorge Valenzuela- a computer scientist enthusiast, and writer who breaks down how to use @littleBits with projects both at school and at home! Keep up with Jorge on his blog…
Recharge: How to help teachers overcome ‘PBL fatigue’!
May 1, 2018 • 23 min
This week we chat with PBL Principal Lacrecia Terrance as she discusses how she invigorates her staff, especially when they are feeling worn out from back to back projects. She also shares an inspiring story about a young man who overcame significant…
Maker PBL: Managing multiple projects in the Alt/EBD Class
Apr 11, 2018 • 26 min
Maker Teachers Andrea Wilson-Vazquez and Hannah Cushing share how they use creativity, reflection, an AMAZING management system and patience to inspire Alternative and EBD Students through “Passion Based” Learning. Keep up with them online; Twitter:…
Keep It Simple! How to find clarity in the midst of projects!
Apr 5, 2018 • 29 min
Join us as we chat with Aaron Eisburg, learning facilitator at Center for Excellence as he shares with us how he helps teachers and students find clarity in the midst of crazy projects! He also shares how learning lab tours can be a great source of PD and…
‘Got any more of that PBL?’: Using research to change perceptions and create “Think Space” for Teachers!
Mar 12, 2018 • 21 min
Join us as we chat with Charity Parsons of @idoschool as she breaks down how she shatters stereotypes about what Black males can do through her dynamic interdisciplinary projects. She empowers teachers all over the country by giving them space to think,…
Bringing Non-Fiction to Life in ELA!
Mar 11, 2018 • 23 min
Join us as ELA teacher @melteets breaks down how she makes non-fiction engaging using conspiracies and documentaries! She shares how she uses curriculum maps and purposefully designs for student centered learning.
Parks, Partnership and Empathy: Using National Parks for Dynamic PBL!
Mar 6, 2018 • 31 min
Did you know most Americans are on average only 45 mins away from a National Park? How might you use local and state parks to create dynamic projects? Tune in as we chat with @saintfester on how he has combined his work with National Parks with PBL! Check…
“At-Promise” Youth and PBL: Building a sustainable future for students in DC!
Feb 27, 2018 • 25 min
Join us for our chat with Janel Brown, Founding Deputy Executive Director of Sustainable Futures, a public charter in DC combining PBL with competency- based learning for youth often furthest from opportunity. She keeps it real with us about the…
“Not Your Parent’s Gym Class!”
Feb 18, 2018 • 23 min
Tune in to hear from Physical Education All-Stars Ryan Gordy and Adam Hughes as they share how they have totally transformed your typical P.E. Class into a PBL course through their Experience Education curriculum. Listen to how they use PBL to reduce the…
2pac May Not Be Relevant!
Jan 28, 2018 • 22 min
Dr. Kelvin Bullock, Executive Director of Equity Affairs, talks with us about using PBL as a tool for equity, and how to avoid pitfalls when trying to make a project culturally relevant. You can keep up with him on twitter @dps_equity or @dkelvinb! Tune…
Making math REALLY Real-world!
Jan 16, 2018 • 28 min
Math expert Telannia Norfar breaks down how she combines her field experiences from her non-traditional path to teaching with her insatiable love for PBL to create math projects that actually simulate the real world! She gives us a glimpse into her…
70 Students +My First Project!
Jan 7, 2018 • 24 min
Andre Daughty talks to us about encouraging new PBL teachers, his first project and his class of 70 (yes you read that right… SEVENTY!) students. He dives into how he encouraged reluctant students to connect with local history, and pushed new PBL teachers…
Dec 26, 2017 • 1 min
Intro! • Who am I?