Assumptions about Elementary School Project-Based Learning Instruction:

September 6, 2016
  • PBL/PrB as inquiry-based student-centered learning is the primary mode of instruction at all grades

  • Literacy is infused across the curriculum and in the context of the project

    • Effective literacy practices include extensive input, reading, and writing in the context of a project
    • Shared reading strategies are incorporated into the context of a project
    • Guided reading and independent reading is in the context of content and/or skills required for the project
  • Schoolwide structures for adult learning include daily shared planning time for teams ¬†and regular staff meeting time

  • Projects are integrated with multiple subjects where possible

  • Interim assessments should be more flexible to allow teacher to design projects that are authentic and rigorous

  • Projects are tied to adults in the community and have a meaningful purpose for students

  • Student voice and choice drive the direction and content of the project to high degrees

  • Math is inquiry-based

    • focused on reasoning and sense-making
    • collaborative and experiential
    • connected to the project when applicable
    • Basic numeracy skills are reinforced in projects (number awareness, looking for patterns, making sense of data, interpreting graphs / diagrams)
  • Infusion of technology to allow for differentiated learning, exploration of ideas, and practice of skills

    • Developmentally appropriate devices
    • Technology as a tool, not the focus
  • Centers are an effective way to organize time and allow for student pacing


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