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Saturday, March 11 • 11:45 - 12:45
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Project-Based Learning.
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This presentation will be a workshop that focuses on making the leap from traditional teaching to project-based learning. In this session I will facilitate a discussion that explores what project-based learning is, and more importantly, what project-based learning isn't.

Then teachers will be given time to look at models of rigorous, well-scaffolded projects that give students the freedom to create while working within academic parameters. During this section, many of the misconceptions about project-based learning will be dismissed and we will analyse concrete examples of model units.

The rest of the time will be devoted for teachers to workshop an older unit or create a new one from scratch. Letting go of traditional teaching is intimidating but it can also be exhilarating. It's a philosophy that allows for your classroom to embrace collaboration and creativity. The goal of the session will be to have a seed idea of a project-based unit that you will teach in the future.

PBL Workshop Slides

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Alexander Lyvers

Grade 7 Humanities Teacher, American International School, Hong Kong
I taught in NYC for 3 years in a project-based school that used mastery-based grading. I co-facilitated an affinity group that focused on reconciling PBL and the demands of high stakes testing. I was also part of a pilot on asynchronous learning. I now teach Grade 7 Humanities at the American International School in Hong Kong, which is shifting to a more integrated approach in curriculum planning.

Saturday March 11, 2017 11:45 - 12:45