Ok, that's not entirely true. We suggest you read over these FAQ's, read over the rest of this website, look at the sample cards, buy some of the cards, hire us to come visit you (or come to a learning studio here), use Google search liberally, read the Edutopia articles on PBL, check out the Buck Institute website.
Yep. That will get you started.
Honestly, the work is in the planning. Sure, you're busy as a bee once the project starts too, but the planning is what makes it happen. To get started, you need to know...
- your standards,
- your timeline for implementation,
- who your experts might be,
- what content and what skills you want your students to learn/experience,
- how you'll be grouping the students,
- what the students will be producing,
- how you will be assessing their learning,
- which experts might be helpful as resources,
- what you will be "hooking" the kids with in your driving questions/challenge,
- that the parents and admin know what you're doing. Or at least know you're doing something different than traditional schooling.
Yep, that's a lot of stuff. PBL isn't for the weak of heart and they never taught us how to do this in our preservice classes.
No kidding. Contact us for more information if you would like some help. You don't want to start off on the wrong foot.