Getting to the Root of the Problem

Teaching our students to be better inquirers, in my mind, is one of the most important tasks we have on our educator’s plate. Through better inquiry students should build agency and learn to endure in the face of difficult tasks. There are many ways we can build this ability in our classrooms and the overarching […]

The end of the path for DT and PBL?

[NOTE: This post is pointed at the secondary classroom. It may not apply to elementary classrooms for various reasons.] I have been involved in an ongoing Twitter DM conversation around design thinking (DT) with my #dtk12chat friends. Unfortunately “design thinking” has become one of those buzz words that education wants to see in their curriculum […]

Laying Out Your PBL Year (Alg 1 version)

Math and PBL can seem hard when you put them together. Look at your calendar and pick a time in the year where you can devote 3 or 4 weeks to a project and start there.

PBL Teachers are Like Magicians

[Originally Written for BIE.org in 2016. Updated here.] If you have ever listened to me talking at edcamps, sxswedu, or in a facilitated pbl training, then you have heard me say “we need to be more like magicians.” One of the key elements of PBL is the idea of Sustained Inquiry. Sustaining inquiry, as a […]

PBL PLC with PBL Matters

On September 16, 2020 I will be talking with educators from across the globe thanks to Teresa Dempsey, my friend and fellow PBL Works National Faculty member. The topic, of course, will be project based learning and the focus will be mathematics. This was popular enough that she broke it out into 2 sessions: K-5 […]

Welcome to My New Website

Today I moved up in the world from Google’s Blogger platform to WordPress. I plan on keeping posts rolling along now that I’ve gotten all fancy. I migrated all of my posts over from Blogger to this platform, so all of that history is still available. In the existing posts, from Edutechmusings.com, you will find […]