PBL and Buck Institute for Education Day 3

And on to day three of my first PBL training experience. I will say that at this point in my training, I was thinking about how I could not believe it was already three days of training and over with. I have sat in one day trainings that seemed longer than this was. That is a testament to the work BIE is doing and the skill level of Tim Kubik.

This is one of my all time favorite history videos. It is a killer mashup of American history and a song the students are familiar with from a group called One Republic. Well worth your time to watch:

Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration


This was Dan’s suggestion to go along with a little media introduction of American history. And the cool thing is that this was shot in the White House:

Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam: (8 of 8)

The idea here is that no one student gets trained to be the only one to know how to accomplish something in the group. At least train an additional group member in case something stops the responsible group member from completing the task. It does not hold the entire group back. It’s called collaborative work for a reason.

Notice accountability does not always mean a grade. Let the students know the difference and how their ongoing accountability “scores/notes/etc” with you play into an assessment that ends up in the gradebook.

I said this in the beginning, but you can see I really meant it. And with good friends in my PLN like Adina checking up on me, how could I not want to keep on learning. twitter

This was a metaphorical game to prove the point that when one coworker gets down during the school year, we can always bring the one to bring them back to life.

Adina was looking for some additional PBL resources for her own personal learning. These are worth looking into.
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PBL Checklist 4 Teachers

This is always a sticky subject when working with students, but it is one that needs to be broached. Consider my next few tweets:

In other words, they cannot argue their own expectations. When the parent who wants to gripe realizes it is the expectation their child helped create that he or she is failing to live up to, then they have only their child to debate with.

They cannot just say that Johnny is not doing his part. They must present their side of the argument based on their contracts. What is he failing to live up to? Is it fire worthy? Can mediation solve it?

Enough said.

As a longtime teacher of gifted students, this would be like a car accident: you know not to look, but you just can’t help yourself.

This is the real meat of the entire topic summed up. Creating a culture of professional hiring and firing is absolutely real world.

I believe we call that….failure.

This is a pretty killer idea worth considering. You don’t think you have a day to spare in your schedule? Hmmm. Consider the time saved long term in this.

Critical friends can be harsh, but it is not called lovey dovey friends. The point is that the students need to see it is okay to hear constructive, critical feedback on their project. Better to receive that BEFORE it is presented for assessment than after.

The kindergarten teachers handled all of the questions like champs. I was proud to be a part of the group.

This helps limit the areas the peers can go. In other words, it limits the side trips kids tend to take when they start talking. It keeps it focused and valuable.

This goes back to the video about how important the First Follower can be in group dynamics. The Lone Nut is the one who puts him or herself out there. It is not until the First Follower steps out to support that person that the idea can take hold and draw many others into the fold. The video below demonstrates it perfectly, but just know that PBL is is the Lone Nut worth following. Your kids deserve it. Your career deserves it. You can be part of the epic success of the student, or you can be the one the kids remember as the teacher who was a worksheet master. Your choice.

First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

2 thoughts on “PBL and Buck Institute for Education Day 3

  1. Good afternoon…
    I am part of a district that is considering bringing Buck Institute in for the 3-day PBL workshop. I’ve reviewed your blog, and it looks like you were impressed. Any additional information you would be willing to share before we make our decision would be MOST appreciated! Thank you, Jenny

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