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 […]

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 […]

Anatomy of an Interdisciplinary Project

From http://messiahnetwork.org/2015/04/01/puppet-show-on-sunday-april-19/  December 16, 2016. That’s the date on this draft post I was thinking about writing. It is another of my 10 “draft” posts I have on my blog. I’m about to shift this blog over to WordPress and away from Blogger. I have 276 blog posts altogether. Most were written over a 4 year […]

Creating a Culture of Wonder

Photo by Samet Kurtkus on Unsplash “SCHOOLS SHOULD BE BUILT AROUND STREAMS OF WONDER. THESE STREAMS OF WONDER SHOULD CONSTANTLY BE IN MOTION ALLOWING YOU TO DIP INTO THEM AGAIN AND AGAIN. ” – Chris Fancher, Educator and Author January 26, 2014. That’s the date on the draft post I was thinking about writing. It is one of […]

5 Things to Jumpstart PBL in the New Year [Math Version]

@amyshamblen    You’ve enjoyed the holidays and you have a few more days until school starts back up so you’ve been catching up on your reading. Several of your friends have gone to trainings during 2018 where they have learned about Project Based Learning and you are intrigued. But everything you have read gives you […]

The Learning Process Must Include Inquiry

http://bit.ly/2pPDPQh Today I worked with a teacher planning a unit and I realized that the idea that we need to kick start the inquiry process on Day 1 of a unit isn’t obvious to every teacher. The following post wrote itself as I walked her through the process of making inquiry the foundation of all […]

Tot Ziens Facebookiens

goo.gl/squnwG Sitting in the shower this morning I realized that I had been sucked into the Facebook political maw. It has been months since I have actively used Twitter. Instead of engaging with incredibly diverse people with a focus on all things Education or PBL or Design Thinking (on Twitter), I am engaging with (mostly) […]