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Project-Based Learning

Course Number:


PD Hours:

22 Hours

Credit Type:

Clock Hours, CPEs, CTLEs, Act48 Credits, Others

Content Areas:

21st Century Learning, Gifted & Talented, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

(22 Hours) This course gives participants a thorough understanding of Project-Based Learning, including the critical components, as well as common misconceptions. Throughout the course, participants will design their own cycle of PBL that they can immediately implement in their own classroom or a future classroom of their own. We take you through the process, step-by-step, providing templates, tools, and resources, you can use to effectively implement Project Based Learning for your students.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn The Key Components & Strategies Behind Project Based Learning (PBL)

  • Receive Step-By-Step Training On How To Implement PBL In Your Classroom, Using the Provided Tools, Templates, & Lesson Plans

  • Learn How to Plan PBL Cycles Aligned to Cross-Curricular Content Standards

Resources Included

Course includes 32 high-quality tools, templates, & student resources.

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Includes One year of Course Access, Fully Self-Paced & Online.

Course Sections What You Will Learn

  • The key components of a successful Project Based Learning Cycle
  • Common misconceptions that teachers often have about PBL
  • What a PBL cycle looks like in a classroom
  • A ten-step process to designing an effective PBL cycle

Course Guiding Questions Course Guiding Question:

What is Project-Based Learning, and how can I implement it into my own classroom?

Credits Professional Development Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 22 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

Model Teaching Professional Development Courses are pre-approved in many states and we provide easy approval forms to submit to your license granting authority if required.

If you are a teacher seeking license renewal and wish to verify acceptance of our Professional Development Courses, please view our PD STATE REQUIREMENTS PAGE to learn more about your state’s requirements.

Also, consider taking our UNIVERSITY-PARTNERED, ACADEMIC CREDIT COURSES to earn regionally accredited units or credits, accepted by most states for teacher re-licensing and salary advancement.

Approval Information About This Course for Teaching License Renewal & Continuing Education

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.

This course is Pre-Approved in the following states for License Renewal and Continuing education:

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
  • Tennessee
  • Other States As Well

If you do not see your state listed here, this course may be pre-approved in your state as well. Chat with us or leave a ticket for our recommendations.

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Course Sections Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – An Introduction to Project Based Learning (PBL)

  • The definition of Project Based Learning (PBL)
  • The components of effective PBL
  • Common Misunderstandings about PBL

Section 2 – A Sample Project Based Learning Cycle

  • What a full PBL cycle looks like in a classroom setting

Section 3 – Aligning Content Standards on a Calendar

  • Learn the 10 steps to planning a successful PBL cycle
  • Learn how to align your content standards on a cross-curricular calendar (Step 1)

Section 4 – Developing a Big Idea Based on Content Standards

  • Learn how to develop your big idea in the form of a driving question or problem posed (Step 2)

Section 5 – Identifying Content Area Standards

  • How to identify the knowledge and skills embedded within a standard
  • How to identify content area lessons (Step 3)

Section 6 – Identifying Student Performance Goals

  • How to identify student performance goals based on rigorous questions from Bloom’s Taxonomy and rigorous questions from Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (Step 4)

Section 7 – Choosing a Final Product

  • Learn how to choose a final product (Step 5)
  • Learn about the different roles students can hold in a small group

Section 8 – Planning for Community Involvement

  • Learn how to plan for community involvement in your Project Based Learning lesson (Step 6)

Section 9 – Identifying Assessments

  • The two types of checkpoints
  • The difference between formative, summative, and informal assessments
  • How to choose appropriate assessments and checkpoints (Step 7)

Section 10 – Scaffolding Student Work

  • How to support student work through purposeful scaffolding (Step 8)

Section 11 – The Final Presentation

  • The purpose of having a presentation
  • How to plan for a presentation with an appropriate audience (Step 9)

Section 12 – Reflections

  • The difference between personal and work-related reflections
  • How to utilize reflection questions (Step 10)

Resources Included Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 32 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!

These Include:

  • Assessment Planner, With Sample
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy Question Stems Chart
  • Calendar for Content Area Standards, With Sample
  • Community Involvement Tracker, With Sample
  • Develop a Big Idea Template, With Sample
  • DOK Based Student Activities Worksheet, With Sample
  • Effective Scaffolding Strategies for PBL Groups
  • Final Activity Planner, With Sample
  • Final Presentation Planner, With Sample
  • Final Project Worksheet, With Sample
  • Identify Content Area Lessons Worksheet, With Sample
  • Group Reflection Resource
  • Sample Reflection Questions
  • Scaffolding Student Success Planner, With Sample
  • Self Reflection on Project Work
  • Student Knowledge & Skills Worksheet, With Sample
  • Teacher Reflection Resource
  • Turning a Learning Activity into a PBL Cycle Template, With Samples
  • Webbs Depth of Knowledge Guide

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