The collaborative nature of PBL can be tricky for some students. You need to be able to work together to get the most out of a PBL, but what do you do if students need help learning to collaborate?
Design Challenges are a great way to have students work together. Tom Wujec put together resources for The Marshmallow Challenge.
The task is simple: in eighteen minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top.
Does PBL lead to greater educational equity? Frank McKay argues yes. McKay talks about three strategies from Eric Jensen’s Teaching with Poverty In Mind which he feels supports the use of PBL with students living in poverty.
Looking for a high quality PBL? The Buck Institute has over 500 projects that you can search for and use.
This article really struck me. Paula Ford, a Kindergarten teacher in California, did a PBL on kindness with her class. KINDERGARTEN. She has had a launch event. A Driving Question. I’m just blown away. The teacher is also on twitter if you want to follow her.