Project Based Learning Practices & Tutorials For Teachers: Book Launched

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Times 10 Publications has partnered with educators Erin Murphy and Ross Cooper to release “Hacking Project Based Learning”, a guide to help teachers build student inquiry skills in the classroom.

The new book contains a 10-step guide for educators who are interested in incorporating action-based hands-on pedagogical principles into their instruction. The simple “hacks” presented in the book are intended to help teachers quickly and effectively build lesson plans that make use of these principles.

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This newly released methodology focuses on building an environment of “project-based learning”, or PBL for short. Studies have shown that PBL principles may be the key to helping children engage with the material they are learning on a deeper level, and this book has been created to help untangle the logic and practices behind it.

PBL focuses on nurturing the students’ curiosity through the exploration of real-world scenarios and practical knowledge application. Debates around the implementation of these ideas have been taking place since the system was first proposed, and Murphy and Cooper have sought to address many of the most common problems in this book with actionable solutions and shortcuts.

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The tips presented in “Hacking Project Based Learning” focus on a student-forward approach, seeking to anticipate the needs and tendencies of children learning in a PBL environment. By doing so, teachers can potentially write better questions that focus on encouraging exploration and inquiry rather than memorization and a rigid logic system.

This knowledge is intended not only for those who may be new to PBL, but also for those who already practice it. The shortcuts and hacks provided in the book may save educators of all experience levels from the unnecessary stress that can come from a poorly-implemented or incomplete PBL curriculum.

Murphy and Cooper, who are both experienced educators, have compiled this guide to help other teachers prepare their students for the outside world rather than for standardized tests. They believe that PBL fosters an awareness and curiosity about the world that a traditional system of learning simply cannot achieve.

One reader has this to say, “The book is written with a sense of urgency and clarity. I am even more motivated to get a greater handle on the purpose, and best practices of implementing a project-based learning classroom. Also, the authors provide so much support through schoology. This book is a must have; add it to the front shelf of your teacher resource library.”

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