PracticingPBL

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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Developing Self-Regulation Skills through PBL Pt4: Cognitive Skills

December 21, 2015

Educators are daily challenged with wondering why students behave as they do. Join Ginger with her guest Brad Chapin as he highlights the 3rd of the Self-Regulation skill sets: Cognitive Skills. The conversation starts by reviewing the first two of the skill sets, then settles in to exploring the idea of how we can cognitively self-regulate our own actions. Motivations and how to understand what motivates a person is important. Brad Chapin Blog: http://psychchallenge.blogspot.com/ Website: www.selfregulationstation.com Facebook: Challenge Software & Self-regulation Training […]

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Leveraging UDL for Effective PBL (Practicing PBL # 17)

December 11, 2015

  Today’s podcast features 5th grade classroom teacher, extraordinaire, Lisa Parisi who walks us through how Universal Design for Learning (http://www.cast.org/our-work/about-udl.html) works in tandem with Project/Problem Based Learning. She outlines how she creates a classroom environment that not only allows, but encourages students to find their own learning styles and preferences and then lets them engage with the learning in that style. This is truly an inspiring podcast from a veteran “just a teacher” who is very obviously dedicated to […]

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Developing Self-Regulation Skills Through PBL – Pt 3: Emotional Skills (PracticingPBL #16)

November 19, 2015

Brad joins Ginger in-house again for Part Three of Developing Self-Regulation Skills. Brads work teaches PBL teachers how to help children and adults develop better self-regulatory skills for better lives on down the road. In PBL, students are intentionally put into situations and challenges that help them learn to take responsibility for their own actions and involvement in life. This intentionally causes some levels of stress, but done in a safe environment where they can learn to develop lifelong skills. […]

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Developing Self-Regulation Skills Through PBL-Pt 2: Physical skills continued (PracticingPBL #15)

November 9, 2015

Brad joins Ginger in-house again for Part Two of Developing Self-Regulation Skills. Brads work teaches PBL teachers how to help children and adults develop better self-regulatory skills for better lives on down the road. In PBL, students are intentionally put into situations and challenges that help them learn to manage information, time, task, and group work ambiguity. This intentionally causes some levels of stress, but done in a safe environment where they can learn to develop lifelong skills. However, are […]

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Creating Zealots of Learning: Beyond Engagement & Motivation (PracticingPBL #14)

October 14, 2015

Ginger and Kevin are in-studio together, chatting about some of the more engaging projects they’ve done separately and together with students. Kevin shares his art camp history and the sort of high-risk program he built which turned everyday kids in to art camp zealots. Kevin Honeycutt Inspirational Teacher and Keynoter ESSDACK, Hutchinson Kansas YOU CAN CONTACT KEVIN HONEYCUTT AT: Twitter: @kevinhoneycutt Facebook: kevinhoneycuttplace On the Web: kevinhoneycutt.org Want more PBL from Ginger? Go to LifePracticePBL.org or GingerLewman.org You can also connect with Ginger on Twitter @GingerLewman, or on Facebook. […]

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Developing Self-Regulation Skills Through PBL Pt 1: Physical skills (PracticingPBL #13)

September 25, 2015

Brad joins Ginger in-house today to help us make connections with his work, helping children and adults develop better self-regulatory skills for better lives on down the road. In PBL, students are intentionally put into situations and challenges that help them learn to manage information, time, task, and group work ambiguity. This intentionally causes some levels of stress, but done in a safe environment where they can learn to develop lifelong skills. However, are these skills being taught intentionally or […]

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Quick Question With Cindy Sheets – Exercise Their Creative Thinking (PracticingPBL #13)

September 14, 2015

What are some of the short-term problems you have students do to exercise their creative thinking and problem solving “muscles”?  In this quick response, Cindy shares a few smaller problem-based learning activities and several iterations for each. These smaller PBL activities help students build up their skills and persistence in working with longer, more complicated units. You can contact Cindy at: Twitter: @hisheets Website: http://cindysheets.weebly.com/ Want more PBL from Ginger? Go to LifePracticePBL.org or GingerLewman.org You can also connect with Ginger on Twitter @GingerLewman, or on Facebook.

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Wise Words from a PBL Veteran at the Elementary Level (PracticingPBL #12)

September 1, 2015

Cindy Sheets shares a snapshot of the years of experience she has teaching students through project and problem based learning. She shares one of her favorite project ideas for 4th graders is a paleontology project where students get to excavate and “discover” what animal they’ve found. She also shares tips for how to help students learn how to get creative in their thinking. Finally, Cindy highlights what she likes about the concept of “genius hour” and how having kids select […]

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