PROJECT BASED LEARNING (PBL)

According to the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

Essential Project Design Elements include:

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Here is the template TCSJ candidates use to write their PBL units!

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As a teacher, designing PBL units can be difficult. Below are PBLs designed by either TCSJ staff or M.Ed. candidates that you can implement with your students.

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Understanding Rational Numbers Through Project Design

Understanding Rational Numbers Through Project Design

Paul Villalovos and Brian Barnett, M.Ed. Students

Driving Question: Can we create a back pack rack unique and usable for the junior high students?

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Chickens Come Home to Roost

Chickens Come Home to Roost

Kathleen Dennis, M.Ed. Graduate

Driving Questions

  1. Is it possible to design a self sustaining chicken farm in an urban, high crime and poverty ridden neighborhood?
  2. How can chickens help us to understand cell division, the role of DNA and inheritance?
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Lincoln Ninja Warrior

Lincoln Ninja Warrior

Dr. Sylvia Turner, TCSJ Director of Graduate Studies and Research & Lori Green, M.Ed., Principal at Lincoln STEM Charter School

Driving Question: Will you make it?

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Bungee Drop

Bungee Drop

Stacey Chuck and Crystal Wong, TCSJ M.Ed. Candidates

Driving Question: How can I be sure a bungee cord is safe?

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Building an App for the Community

Building an App for the Community

Kellene Ditler, Dae Dyer, Maria Ramirez, TCSJ M.Ed. Candidates

Driving Question: If you could create an App for elementary students, what would it be?

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Programming with an Emphasis in Drone Technology

Programming with an Emphasis in Drone Technology

Rebecca Currin and Cathy Hofmann-Mook, M.Ed. Candidates

Driving Question: How can we program a drone to move through an obstacle course?

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Genocide Past and Present

Genocide Past and Present

Adriana Enriquez, Kim Vocker, Justine Sares, TCSJ M.Ed. Graduates

Driving Question: Why would someone want to eliminate another race?

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Ecosystems

Ecosystems

J.M. Mitchell Mesimer, Katie Chock, & Nathan Haley, TCSJ M.Ed. Graduates

Driving Question: What has prevented dinosaurs from taking over the earth?

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All About Plants

All About Plants

Kristina Pinto, Karen Turner, & Katie Zellner, TCSJ M.Ed. Candidates

Driving Question: What plant would you choose to plant in our class garden?

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Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie Apocalypse

Kathleen Dennis & Lou Vang, TCSJ M.Ed. Candidates

Driving Question: What would happen to Stockton if we were attacked with a pathogen that initiated a zombie apocalypse?

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