Top Ten Growing Pains for PBL Elementary Teachers

Turn Insights into Opportunities
Every growing pain when starting PBL in your class is an opportunity for design. In this post and upcoming posts, we will identify the “top ten growing pains” elementary teachers experienced during their first project. We treat these pain points as inquiry opportunities to grow as educators and improve our PBL practice. […]

Project-Based Learning Professional Development Wanted

Typically, we see district-level professional development for project-based learning as a “one size fits all” model. Teachers are peppered with drive-by presentations that promote the use of one flashy tool or another. In truth, many teachers are happy to have something instantaneous to implement once they return to their classrooms. However, upon a closer look, […]

By |September 26th, 2017|ARC Learning|0 Comments

Education and the World Economy: Timely Visions

Fifteen Years Ago
I had the opportunity to plan a dinner party about education for the 2002 World Economic Forum in New York. We organized the conversation around a vision for 2020 Education. About 60 attended the event, hosted by Courtney Sale Ross at whose school I worked at the time. There were policy makers, such […]

By |September 25th, 2017|Authenticity, Complexity, pbl, Relevancy|0 Comments

TOP 10 PBL GROWING PAINS: PreK-3rd grade teachers share their first project growing pains.

Turn Insights into Opportunities
Every growing pain is an opportunity for design. In this post and upcoming posts, we will identify the “top ten growing pains” elementary teachers experienced during their first project. We treat these pain points as inquiry opportunities to grow as educators and improve our PBL practice. Sixty elementary school teachers embarked on […]

By |September 20th, 2017|Assessment, Authenticity, Complexity, pbl, project based learning, Relevancy|0 Comments

Top Ten Ways to Let Go, and Let Complexity Emerge in ARC Learning

Tim Kubik, Ph.D.

What do teachers find most challenging about ARC Learning? Learning to let go so that student-driven curiosity, creativity, and innovation can jump the learning experience to the next level. Most teachers wouldn’t give students spray paint and a blank wall of the school on which to create. Here, I offer ten recommendations that will […]

By |March 7th, 2016|ARC Learning, Complexity, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Top Ten Reasons to Make Authentic Connections to Your Curriculum:

10. Why Simulate Real Life, When the Classroom Can be Real Life?
Project Based Learning units are often designed to have learners pretend or to take on roles. They may be asked to simulate a UN General Assembly meeting in class or imagine they are an architect and design a bridge made out of toothpicks. While […]

By |February 12th, 2016|Authenticity|0 Comments

Is Your Formative Feedback Failing? A real-world framework for diagnosing the effects of your formative feedback.

Most teachers care deeply about their subject matter. Those who do set high expectations, arguing that caring about student learning is best expressed through holding students accountable to the rigorous standards of their discipline. Many students are deeply appreciative of this experience, but not always.

Reading a recent article by Kim Scott, an executive trainer at […]

By |January 27th, 2016|ARC Learning|0 Comments

Part III: Does Learning Always Have to be so Complicated?

Project ARC Presents—Five-Minute Practicums that Will Change Your Practice

We get it! You have two weeks of a “break” and then it’s a whole new semester. Your grading is done, holiday parties are here, and you’ve been enjoying some well deserved down time. Yet, you’re a professional and you want to start off the new term […]

By |January 1st, 2016|ARC Learning|0 Comments

Part II: Remix for Relevance – My Kids as the End in Mind

Project ARC Presents—Five-Minute Practicums that Will Change Your Practice

As teachers, we usually begin with our content as the starting point for planning projects just like a chef does when they prepare recipe. We are taught to ask ourselves specific questions when we plan our lessons or design a project.

What standards do I have […]

By |December 30th, 2015|ARC Learning, pbl, project based learning, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Part I: How do I Transform my Content into an Authentic Learning Experience?

Project ARC Presents—Five-Minute Practicums that Will Change Your Practice

We get it! You have two weeks of a “break” and then it’s a whole new semester. Your grading is done, holiday parties are here, and you’ve been enjoying some well deserved down time. Yet, you’re a professional and you want to start off the new […]

By |December 28th, 2015|ARC Learning|1 Comment