Great Expectations: Project Based Learning

Destination: Excellence

Day 1

Name, School, Grade Level

The Crow and the Pitcher

The Crow and the Pitcher by Aesop

Spaghetti Towers


Entry Document

Knows and Need to Knows

"The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin

Project Work Time

I like... & I wonder...


Day 2

Our Creed

We are a group of problem-solving educators who implement Great Expectations.

Benjamin Franklin said, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

We will strive to involve our learners so that we will all learn.

Presentation Workshop

** Speak clearly.

** Use eye contact.

** Be prepared.

** Stand up straight and don't lean on walls, tables or chairs.

** When you are not speaking, actively listen and look at the presenter.

** Is there a way to make your presentation interactive?

** No hineys!

The Lion and the Three Bulls

Projects Due at 9:30am


13 Things

Process of PBL

Literature in Projects

Common Misconceptions of PBL

  • PBL isn’t standards-based. If focuses on “soft skills” such as critical thinking and collaboration, but ignores content.
  • Young children are not ready for rich content. There isn’t enough instructional time for science and social studies-focused projects. We need to teach basic literacy and math skills first.
  • PBL is the same as “making something, “hands-on learning” or “doing an activity.”
  • A project takes too much time.
  • PBL is only for older students… or fluent English students… or those who don’t have learning disabilities.
  • PBL is too hard to manage, and/or it doesn’t fit with my teaching style.

What 1 Degree Can Do



R – classroom teacher

A – all the teachers in the state

F – commercial, song or brochure

T – Why you should try Problem Based Learning in your classroom...



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