Category Archives: What is PBL?

What is PBL? is an ongoing series to highlight project-based learning at GHS and around the country.

Seminar, Studio, Module: What are they?

Now that the structure and content of Innovation Lab is beginning to take shape, we thought it would be useful to share our vision of how a student’s time will be divided in the program. Students will participate in three … Continue reading

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Learning Math in a PBL Program is Way Different (and that’s okay!)

Since this project started, I’ve constantly struggled to see where math fits into a project-based learning environment. The math most of our students would naturally use in academic research is heavy in statistics, modeling, and basic Algebra/Geometry. Conversely, the standard … Continue reading

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Sarah’s Visit to MIT’s D-Lab

While visiting Boston with some friends, Sarah arranged to take a tour of MIT’s D-Lab, where she met with the director of their Youth Outreach program.  During their tour, Sarah got a peak at how they arrange a learning space … Continue reading

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[FAQ] What is STEM?

In its most literal sense the commonly used acronym “STEM” refers to “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.”  Within the traditional framework of disciplinary coursework, STEM thus encompasseses an institution’s collection of courses offered in each of these four disparate content … Continue reading

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Problem-based Learning

On the first day of school, I show my students the classroom scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In it, Ben Stein, speaking in an unwavering monotone, “teaches” an economics lesson to a class of bored students. More like a … Continue reading

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Amped Up

This post is part of a series written by Kyaiera and Christina during their experience at High Tech High’s Summer Institute.  In the song “Radio Nowhere,” Springsteen sings, “This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?” In her presentation … Continue reading

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A Community of Questioners

This post is part of a series written by Kyaiera and Christina during their experience at High Tech High’s Summer Institute.  On Monday, following a little breakfast time strategic planning with Christina and an inspiring keynote speech by Larry Rosenstock it … Continue reading

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The Deeper Learning Mindset

This post is part of a series written by Kyaiera and Christina during their experience at High Tech High’s Summer Institute.  The Deeper Learning Mindset— a seminar from High Tech High’s Summer Institute Some people might ask, “What exactly is deeper … Continue reading

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[What is PBL?] Reel Delicious

In the first of what will be many posts highlighting what project-based learning looks like across the country, I’d like to share one example that blew my mind when I was out at High Tech High in San Diego back … Continue reading

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