Get Ready, Get Set… and Go: Launch PBL with Confidence!

Meet the Makers

Linda Krystek, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

If you were a superhero what would your name be?

Well, my team has already picked two superhero names for me: the “Dutch”ess of Data and the Goddess of Google. I love them both!

What is your favorite TV show?

Ted Lasso! I just recently binge-watched seasons 1 and 2 of this outstanding series. The main character, Ted Lasso, is a man who shows empathy and kindness to everyone — even those who seem to not deserve it. In a time when kindness seems to be lacking everywhere — both in-person and on social media — Ted’s optimism and kindness is uplifting and contagious! His Ted Lasso-isms, inspiring and often hilarious quotes, are pearls of wisdom that transcend the soccer field. Here are a few of my favorites!

“You know what the happiest animal on Earth is? It’s a goldfish. You know why? Got a 10-second memory. Be a goldfish, Sam.”

“For me, success is not about the wins and losses. It’s about helping these young fellas be the best versions of themselves on and off the field.”

“I believe in hope. I believe in BELIEVE!”

What is the “why” for this week’s “Making Magic”?

In my work as a Maker and Educational Coach, I have found that many new and veteran educators are reluctant to incorporate Project-Based Learning in their classrooms due to their reluctance or fear of getting started. It is my goal and mission to help facilitators gain confidence in providing rigorous project-based learning experiences for their learners and discover their creative vision. I want to help them GET STARTED!

“There is creative vision in each of us, but sometimes it’s hard to get that creative part started.” – Barbara Januszkiewicz

This Week’s Focus

Driving Question

How can we, as educators, move forward in confidence when implementing rigorous PBL in our classrooms?

In her article How to Overcome Your Fears of Launching Project-Based Learning, Sara Segar busts the common excuses and fallacies that prevent educators from getting started with PBL. She states,There are several common reasons that make educators reluctant to try project-based learning: 1. they don’t know how to coordinate PBL experiences, 2. they lack the confidence to facilitate PBL, 3. they wonder how it can work for a variety of learners, 4. they worry about the time-commitment, and 5. they struggle to work in all of the required standards.” Sara busts five common PBL fallacies and gives sound advice on how to overcome those concerns.


5 Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning

Edutopia’s Five Keys Video Series provides an in-depth look at five core strategies to help create and develop well-designed rigorous Project-Based Learning at your school site or program. The series covers the following topics:

  1. Establishing real-world connections in projects
  2. Rigorous projects that align with core learning targets while challenging and inspiring your learners
  3. Optimize the environment for teamwork in your classroom through the 4 C’s (Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity and Communication)
  4. Empower your learners to work independently
  5. Authentic assessment tools to measure student learning and understanding throughout the project
Being Makers

Being Makers

Being Makers is a team of change-making leaders from Maker Learning Network and iLEAD Schools focused on project-based learning and social-emotional growth.
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