Teacher’s Role in PBL
Facilitator: Your job is to help facilitate experiences and project opportunities for students. You will frequently lead discussions and project work but you do not control.
Guide: Your job is to help students construct their own meaning by modeling, mediating, explaining when needed, redirecting focus, and providing options.
Co-learner/co-investigator: Consider yourself a learner; be willing to take risks and explore areas outside your expertise. Collaborate with others.
BIE–Website provides information about PBL and offers resources for parents and teachers.
Edutopia–Offers information about PBL and online discussions about PBL for parents and teachers.
TNTP–Hosts a blog with numerous ideas for the PBL classroom and home as well as other innovative educational ideas and programing.
EdSurge–Specific information about the creation of MakerSpaces within the classroom to help foster creativity and problem solving.
ISTE–Hosts a blog with numerous ideas for the innovative and project driven classroom.
Project Based Children’s Books for the Classroom
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! — Dr. Seuss with help from Jack Prelutsky & Lane Smith
The Big Orange Splot — Daniel Pinkwater
The Dot — Peter H. Reynolds
I wonder, I wonder — Marguerite Kurth Frey
What do you do with an Idea? — Kobi Yamada
Ish — Peter H. Reynolds
Rocket Writes a Story — Tad Hills
Harold and the Purple Crayon — Crockett Johnson
A Perfectly Messed-up Story — Patrick McDonnell
One — Kathryn Otoshi
Project Based Books for the Teacher
Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning — BIE
PBL in the Elementary Grades — BIE
Transforming Schools — Bob Lenz
Authentic Learning Experiences — Dayna Laur
Bring Innovation to School — Suzie Boss
Reinventing Project-Based Learning — ISTE
Invent to Learn — Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager
Tinkering — Karen Wilkinson and Kike Petrich
MakerSpace: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration — Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft
The Makerspace Workbench — Adam Kemp