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Hacking Project Based Learning


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"Hacking Project Based Learning is a classroom essential. Its ten simple "hacks" will guide you through the process of setting up a learning environment in which students will thrive from start to finish." -Daniel H. Pink, New York Times Bestselling Author of Drive and A Whole New Mind "In Hattie's research, PBL has shown to have a low effect size. However, it doesn't mean we need to discount it. It means we have to look at how we do it and improve upon it. This is where Hacking Project Based Learning by Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy comes in. They have researched PBL from every angle and offer practical steps to make the PBL experience highly beneficial to students because they are practitioners who use it. This book is a very important "how-to" for every teacher and leader who is interested in PBL." -Peter DeWitt, Author/Consultant, Finding Common Ground Blog (Education Week) "The challenge for educators with project and inquiry based learning is finding the time and having the knowledge to implement effectively. Cooper and Murphy provide a much-needed resource that addresses both of these pain points in a concise, clear manner." -Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education "As the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I've had the opportunity to work closely with more than 4,000 school leaders over the past few years. From coast to coast, I've seen firsthand how these leaders are seeking ways to implement rigorous, authentic learning opportunities for all students. As seen in today's most successful schools, creating such opportunities takes a redesigned learning experience that is personal while promoting real world application. In Hacking Project Based Learning, Cooper and Murphy, two highly successful practitioners, provide a blueprint for such a redesign. They outline ways to foster a culture of inquiry and creativity, grounded in a deep understanding of rigorous content, with concrete ways to authentically assess dynamic student learning and growth. Unlike many education books written today, Hacking Project Based Learning provides practical steps to shift instructional practices while maintaining a laser focus on high levels of student learning. If you're a school leader working to create authentic learning opportunities for all of your students, you will find this book to be one of your best resources on your journey moving forward." -Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, DC "Hacking PBL is a must-have for administrators trying to help their teachers bring hands-on, minds-on learning to their classrooms. The process is clear, the problems are real, and the hacks are practical. In the end, the work will be transformational for classrooms. Anyone starting the process of project based learning in his or her space needs this book!" -Joe Sanfelippo, Superintendent, Speaker, Co-author of Hacking Leadership

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