Archive: Transforming Science Learning: Part 1: Project-Based Learning: Principles to Sustain Student Learning and Teacher Change In Practice, December 6, 2022

Have you wanted to implement a Project-Based Learning unit in your classroom? Would you like to introduce PBL curriculum in your school?  Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning (ML-PBL), an Open Education Resource, provides interdisciplinary science units for Grades K-5. Our research shows that students, regardless of reading level, who used the 3rd Grade ML-PBL units, outperformed a matched control group on a summative assessment developed and validated by a third party.

This seminar is Part 1 of a two-part series.  In these two 90-minute sessions, you will engage in the ML-PBL Grade 4 Dynamic Earth unit called, How will this place on Earth change in 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, and 1,000,000 years?  All lessons are designed to be (1) flexible and adaptive, (2) responsive to student ideas and cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and (3) both, enjoyable and intellectually satisfying for the teacher and students. The project-based design supports a high level of student interest and engagement and includes performance-based equity and social and emotional learning goals. ML-PBL provides embedded supports for Multilingual Learners.

In Part 1 the presenters will focus on high-quality Project-Based Learning curriculum, features, and accessing Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning using examples from U4.1 Dynamic Earth.

Key Takeaways:

  • How features of PBL and the NGSS work together
  • Strategies for using formative, informal, and summative assessment to guide teaching
  • Discourse supports for responsive teaching
  • Making “principled adaptations” in ML-PBL
  • How to access and navigate ML-PBL Grades 3-5 units

All individuals receive a certificate of participation and 100 NSTA activity points for attending the live seminar and completing the end-of-program survey. A certificate of participation is not awarded for watching the recorded version of the program.

We invite you to register for upcoming web seminars at NSTA.

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Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "I enjoyed seeing a concrete example of what was being presented. It helped me think how I could change other units I'm already working on."
  • "I enjoyed the examples that showed by the experts! Project-based learning is a total activity, not only part of learning."
  • "I really enjoyed listening to this webinar! The speakers were very helpful with any questions asked and thoroughly explained the material."

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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