This week we highlight 3 articles. 1) PBL Leaders Sound Off 2) Educate the Community on PBL 3) Science and PBL
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EdScoop Weekly - October 13, 2016
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35 Leaders on the Successes and Challenges of Project-Based Learning

The BIE asked learning experts what’s working in PBL and what needs to improve. Project management skills are important for all young people and the teachers and leaders who work with them. They surveyed teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, and nonprofit and foundation executives that support high quality projects in schools and districts. They also talked with people in the business community who value the importance of PBL for teaching 21st century skills and important project management skills. Here are some of the responses:

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New Booklet for Parents & School Communities to Build Understanding & Support for PBL

If you’re an educator, have you ever tried explaining some new program or teaching method to non-educators? Do their heads nod, but their eyes soon glaze over? Do you find yourself using edu-jargon that must sound (a) mystifying, (b) too wonky, (c) ridiculous, or (d) all of the above? Have you had this experience when explaining Project Based Learning?If you’re not an educator, have you ever tried to understand an explanation of this new PBL thing a teacher or school or district leader is excited about, or been left with lots of questions? If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, we’ve got a helpful new resource for you.

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Thinking Like a Nanoscientist

Lisa Del Muro's thought was not just to have another science course that gave students a lot to memorize and an artificial lab experience. She wanted students to learn about the “big ideas” in Nanoscience and how to use advanced equipment so they could think and work like Nanoscientists. They would have to learn how to use four different microscopes to find answers about super small particles of matter and learn discover some very deep ideas in atomic physics. How did she plan for students thinking like scientists with complex material if preparatory through advanced placement students are taking the class?

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