This investigation describes classroom management techniques used by teachers who were expert in the use of project-based learning instructional strategies. The authors interviewed 12 teachers, and subjected their descriptions of classroom practice to a qualitative analysis. Fifty-three classroom management principles emerged, grouped under seven themes and 18 sub-themes. Themes included: Time Management, Getting Started, Establishing a Culture that Stresses Student Self-Management, Managing Student Groups, Working with Others Outside the Classroom, Getting The Most Out of Technological Resources, and Assessing Students and Evaluating Projects. Researchers are encouraged to include the wisdom of experienced teachers in future research on effective classroom practices.
Managing Project-Based Learning- Principles from the Field