Posts Categorized: Schools We Want

Using PBL to Figure Out Social Media and Screen Time*

*This blog by Paulo Freire Freedom School-Downtown principal JoAnn Groh was published originally on the BIE website on January 31, 2018 and on the CITY Center for Collaborative Learning website on February 3, 2018. Possibly the most common worry expressed by parents lately is their befuddlement at what supports and limitations they should be placing on… Read more »

PBL for Life’s Projects*

*This blog was originally published at www.bie.org on Nov. 20. 2017 As a founder of a school with “wall to wall” Project Based Learning and a member of BIE’s National Faculty, I am obviously a convert to PBL’s educational benefits. Done well, projects inspire and engage students, teach meaningful content in ways students are more likely… Read more »

Five reasons to showcase our project based learning*

*This blog by Paulo Freire Freedom School-Downtown principal JoAnn Groh was published originally on the BIE website on June 7, 2017 and on the CITY Center for Collaborative Learning website on June 17, 2017. One of the requisite design elements in BIE’s Gold Standard Project Based Learning is the need for projects to include a ‘public… Read more »

The 12 Gifts of Community in a PBL Classroom*

Christmas songs are in the air so of course if I’m going to make a PBL list it’s going to be a list of 12, in this case 12 gifts of community. Our school sees our surrounding community as part of our learning environment. We are out and about on a daily basis, and visitors are… Read more »

Teaching the Skills Kids Need – Using PBL*

Eighth grader Maya peered through the window into the chaos that was 6th graders pulling together their Space & Scale Exhibition and shuddered. “I remember doing that when I was a 6th grader and not having a clue about what I was doing.  I wasted so much time looking up information that was irrelevant.  I didn’t… Read more »

School Work That Matters

PBL:  Practice By Living* As part of the class debrief after the end-of-year project, one of my teachers had his students imagine what it will be like when they go to college and are tasked to work with a group of peers some of whom would never have previously done projects.  Our students marveled that… Read more »

Living in Beta: PBL and Technology

Immersed in the talk of technology at this year’s ISTE conference, I have been thinking a lot about the role technology plays in Project Based Learning. Technology is best taught and learned when a project task requires the specific function the technology offers. So, for example, I am motivated to learn the iMovie software when… Read more »

Of Angel Island, Donald Trump, PBL and Moms

The week of March 14th was momentous for me – packed with an array of  divergent learning.  At my school, Paulo Freire Freedom School, it was our Intersession Week during which students spend 4 full days doing experiential learning, more often outside the school then in a classroom, on a topic about which they and their teachers are passionate…. Read more »

Magic in Learning

Our Morning Meetings are always informative, sometimes riveting. At least they are in my estimation; I have no hard data to back this up. For some, this may be a problem. Our educational system has become increasingly obsessed with accountability – asking schools for measureable outcomes to justify all time spent. This is a problem. Don’t… Read more »