When we talk about authentic project-based learning, we mean more than just activities that excite kids’ imaginations and address the curriculum. Authentic PBL is carefully considered and meaningful, and it speaks to the development of higher-order thinking skills. It challenges our learners to question, discover and analyze, and to engineer valuable learning experiences that stay with them long after the class is over.
In short, authentic PBL teaches our learners to be better thinkers, better creators, and better citizens than they were the day before. That’s what we strive for in every one of our classes and with each and every one of our learners. So how do we ensure that we’re developing the most authentic project-based learning possible for our students?
TeachThought recently came up with a cheatsheet for authentic project-based learning that is an amazing addition to any teacher’s PBL toolbox. The folks at TT recognize that the buzzword “authentic” can mean different things to different educators. As such, their hope is to present this cheatsheet as an overview for anyone to use in developing their own versions of authentic project-based learning:
“The function of this image is to act as a kind of brainstorm—to help you get your own creative juices going to decide what’s most important when designing an authentic project-based learning unit—audiences, technology, habits, purposes, and so on.”
Any teacher planning PBL of any kind will appreciate the guidance of this great resource. It’s a terrific tool for using if you happen to be stuck on how to proceed with an idea. We consider it the perfect companion for using with our PBL Ideas Guide. Combine them together, and you’ll surely create some powerful authentic project-based learning with the help of the Solution Fluency Activity Planner.
Hats off to the gang at TeachThought for coming up with this indispensable resource for building some authentic project-based learning in any classroom.