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Effective Foundational Literacy Skill Instruction and PBL, Part 2

In part 1 of this mini-series, I briefly discussed the elements of quality foundational literacy instruction. Effective foundational literacy instruction should be: Sequenced and differentiated Taught using a variety of techniques Taught with other literacy skills Connected to meaningful reading

Posted in Decoding and Fluency, PBL

When is a PBL “Pause” Not a Pause? More on Literature and PBL

I’ve heard English teachers advocate for a literature “pause” from Project Based Learning. This might happen in a variety of ways- teachers might advocate that the school use a portion of the day or a particular class for book clubs

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Books in Projects (With Happy Book Ideas!)

As an English teacher, I know how tricky it can be to meaningfully incorporate longer books and literature- whether fiction or nonfiction- into projects. Too often they feel like add-ons: thematically related but ancillary to the project at hand. I

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Posted in Global Happiness Project, PBL

Happy Data

When I taught an intensive literacy class for 10th graders I decided, somewhat randomly, to do a project based unit focused on data and data literacy.  At the time, it just seemed like a good idea.  Students had to research

Posted in Disciplinary Literacy, Global Happiness Project, PBL

Drive Those Questions

I recently had a great conversation with Geoff Krall (New Tech math coach, writer of the “Emergent Math” blog) about projects and driving questions.  I used to dismiss driving questions as something to check off, and they weren’t something I

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But What About Grammar?

I think the number one thing I get asked about in regard to literacy instruction is (cue suspenseful music)…. grammar, mechanics, and usage instruction.  Whether it’s a math facilitator wondering if she or he really has to check students’ semi-colon

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Posted in Authenticity, Grammar, PBL

Effective Literacy Instruction in PBL

Project Based Learning, or PBL, is so literacy intensive that it can be overwhelming.  Just because PBL is literacy intensive doesn’t mean learners will automatically pick up key literacy skills in a project (or problem) based context.  So what do

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