PracticingPBL

“Those” Kids: Learners We All Have

May 17, 2017

Today, we’re talking with longtime friend, Cindy Sheets, a retired gifted ed teacher who taught K-6 students.  Cindy shares 4 stories about “those kids,” learners in all our classrooms who are sometimes difficult to engage in deeper learning.  One student is a “feed me Seymour” girl who always wants to be reassured that she’s on the right path.  Another story is about a group of boys who are a bit lackadaisical and spend more time making excuses to get out of work than […]

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PracticingPBL with a Small Town Community Vibe

May 3, 2017

Janine Addis is a veteran teacher who has been practicing PBL for 6 years at the intermediate and middle school levels for all topics. She was originally a special education teacher, turn co-builder of a K-8 PBL school, and now teaches grades 5-8 English Language Arts, and grades 5-6 social studies and science in a different K-8 PBL school. What a combo! Come listen in as Janine, a leader in this movement, shares her stories of heartfelt and authentic PBL […]

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Unschooling the Sit-N-Get Student – PracticingPBL #26: Ginny Ogden

April 19, 2017

Ginger is back telling the success stories of PBL being used in the classroom.  Her guest today is Ginny Ogden.  Ginny is a foreign language teacher at Jefferson Forest High School in Lynchburg, Virginia.  They talk about an exciting new opportunity for Ginny this year.  She is on a pilot team using a flexible schedule and more PBL to change the way students learn. Find Ginger on the Web gingerlewman.com lifepracticepbl.org steammakercamp.org Connect with Ginger on Social Media     

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Erie High School PLP: The Evolution of a PBL Program (Practicing PBL #25)

July 1, 2016

USD 101 in southeast Kansas has had a PBL program since fall of 2007 and has been able to establish and grow a strong program. Kellie Woolf, the Coordinator of the Personalized Learning Program and Steve Woolf, the Superintendent of Erie-Galesburg school district share some of the history of the school program, how it works, and some of the projects their students are doing this year. aquaponics hydroponics/seed center trees maker station NASA contest — 4 girls designed a device to […]

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Quick Question with Steve Woolf: Getting Practical About Building Relationships (PracticingPBL #24)

June 13, 2016

Ginger asks Steve Woolf, USD 101 Superintendent of schools at Erie-Galesburg Kansas about some practical advice for school leaders who want to help their teachers develop stronger relationships with students. As usual, Steve shares an inspirational story, while still delivering strong practical advice of what we can do. “It’s hard to have quality time unless you have quantity time!” Get your copy of Heart2Heart Teaching here: https://shop.essdack.org/prod ucts/all/Steve%20Woolf Steve is a passionate school leader and powerful Best-Keynote speaker. You can […]

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Educators: Get Beyond the Rules and Get Into Relationships (Practicing PBL #23)

May 16, 2016

Steve Woolf, Superintendent at USD 101, Erie-Galesburg Kansas, joins us in this episode to share his new book, Heart2Heart Teaching: building an enduring legacy in the lives of our kids. The book is an ardent reminder about the the vital importance of strong teacher/student relationships. The book is packed full of heartfelt stories about real kids and educators and how a simple relationship did or would have made all the difference. Get your copy of Heart2Heart Teaching here: https://shop.essdack.org/products/all/Steve%20Woolf Steve […]

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PBL Meets Math through Cognitively Guided Instruction

April 29, 2016

Renee Smith, Math Consultant and professional learning guru, is in the studio for this week’s episode of Practicing PBL. Renee shares her thoughts about how to shift the traditional approach to teaching math (“I do, we do, you do”) to a more inquiry, problem-solving approach, using the Cognitively Guided Instruction approach. Audio Player Renee’s website: http://by-thenumbers.org/ CGI Supports: http://by-thenumbers.org/about/cgi/ email Renee: reneesmith@essdack.org Want more PBL from Ginger? Go to LifePracticePBL.org or GingerLewman.org You can also connect with Ginger on Twitter […]

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Math Workstations: a bridge from traditional math to PBL (PracticingPBL #21)

March 21, 2016

about Renee Smith: Renee began teaching math in, of all places, a maximum security prison. “I was 21 years old and 99 lbs. soaking wet.”  Some of her students were convicted murderers and as scary as it sounds, it was incredibly sad. Many of those men had failed in the school system and then turned to crime. That early experience with public school dropouts cemented her resolve to help future students understand and succeed in the area of mathematics. To […]

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PBL Meets Math through Cognitively Guided Instruction

February 26, 2016

Renee Smith, Math Consultant and professional learning guru, is in the studio for this week’s episode of Practicing PBL. Renee shares her thoughts about how to shift the traditional approach to teaching math (“I do, we do, you do”) to a more inquiry, problem-solving approach, using the Cognitively Guided Instruction approach.   about Renee Smith: Renee began teaching math in, of all places, a maximum security prison. “I was 21 years old and 99 lbs. soaking wet.”  Some of her […]

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Quick Question: The Impact of Extreme Thinking Upon Self-Regulation (Practicing PBL #19)

February 9, 2016

Extreme Thinking gets a shoutout from Brad as one of the components of the cognitive skill sets. The idea of extreme thinking — “I’m useless, dumb, no good, etc” is a large hurdle that we can help students navigate, if only we would recognize it and then have the tools at our fingertips to help. Just saying, “It’ll get better” doesn’t exactly help. Brad Chapin Blog: http://psychchallenge.blogspot.com/ Website: www.selfregulationstation.com Facebook: Challenge Software & Self-regulation Training The Challenge Software Program at www.cpschallenge.com Want more PBL […]

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