Category Archives: Project Based Learning

Student-Made Books

Classroom publishing has always been dear to my heart.  I first realized the power of publishing student’s work when I was working at a university lab school.  I was studying ways to teach students with learning and emotional disabilities.  One of the … Continue reading

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Structuring for Choice—The Teacher’s Role

  UPDATE  January 18, 2016 Angela Watson has an excellent article about helping students become more effective at managing their own learning.  Hope you’ll take the time to check it out.  Her suggestions are always very direct, clear, and easy … Continue reading

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Christmas Stockings

Here’s a simple, fun, and educational  activity for your kiddos.  Students learn some of the common design elements of the Pennsylvania Dutch style, and use the information to create a cut-and-paste Christmas stocking.  Directions, tracers, and background information are all … Continue reading

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The Power of REAL

I learned about the power that REAL learning can have on motivating students during my Master’s Degree training and later experiences with my own students. I started my Master’s Degree in Special Education after I had been teaching elementary school … Continue reading

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Land Regions of a State: Interest Groups

I am sharing some units and projects which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be working with), I tend to think … Continue reading

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Egypt: Lesson Accommodations

For the next few weeks I’m going to share some lessons which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be … Continue reading

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All About Me–Writing Lesson Plans

For the next few weeks I’m going to share some lessons which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be … Continue reading

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Inquiry, Project Based Learning

I have always found children learn better, faster, deeper, and stronger when they do stuff, real stuff. Curiosity, interest, desire, and control are the bedrock upon which true learning grows. Children who build, create, construct, and design in order to … Continue reading

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13 Characteristics of Integrated Instruction

1. Reading: students read (and write) in order to find out new information which they share with their peers. 2. Writing: students learn a style of writing related to the theme and create and publish a final product in that … Continue reading

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Child’s Play

I think it was Maria Montessori who said, “Play is the work of the child.”  Another one of my defining teaching expressions is “Children learn what they play.”  I don’t know who said that, but I believe these things and … Continue reading

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