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  1. This is a great list for those thinking about using PBL as an instructional approach AND for those who need to reflect on their experiences with PBL. I'll be sharing it with our teachers and an RT in #pblchat. Thanks.

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  2. Agree with Chris - this is great stuff. I might make this required reading for every teacher I work with in regards to PBL from here on out. Thanks for posting this, John.

    -- Geoff

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  3. Terrific list! Number 3 is the one everyone forgets, which is why Number 1 is also often overlooked. As we always say at BIE, if you're working harder than the students, it's not PBL! Of course, as your Number 7 points out, you'll still be working...it'll just be more engaging!

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    1. I'm still working on number three. I've done a so-so job communicating it to the students in a way that they internalize.

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  4. I appreciated reading this too John. I've been doing more PBL in my room. I'll try to be mindful of your comments. Number 3 is important. Kids need to understand that they are part of the change.

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  5. I appreciated reading this too John. I've been doing more PBL in my room. I'll try to be mindful of your comments. Number 3 is important. Kids need to understand that they are part of the change.

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  6. Great post! This really helped me put things in perspective after my first semester of full PBL.

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  7. There always seems to be a bit of a debate re assessment. "In the moment" is for short-term immediate learning to assess your instruction or identify the student learning needs. In my opinion, there is still need for more than a rubric or self-assessment to determine the student's mastery of the content or skills.

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  8. Really enjoyed your list...very complete and informative.

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  9. John, great post - Projecy Based Learning is a great tool and I think that involving students in the decision-making process is a great way to include them in the project. As a Psychology graduate, I think that students learn best when topics are taught to them around their area of interest. Another way you might want to introduce PBL is to ask students to write down their interests and design fun math challenges within those scenarios. Serious games are a great way to combine education and entertainment. You can check out my website vridhi.googlepages.com for more information on game based projects for learning! Cheers - Vridhi

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  10. Thank you for sharing these timely reminders as I plan the semester activities.

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