#PBL Skills Progression

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to watch multi-grade project based learning (PBL) in action at Astoria Lutheran School in Queens, NY. It was a wonderful day of affirming their school model and helping identify next steps with the faculty of the school. As I observed PBL in action in preparation for afternoon conversations with …

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Session Resources — LSA Conference

Yesterday I had the privilege in participating at the Lutheran Schools Association conference, held at Long Island Lutheran High School and Middle School. In the two sessions we reviewed and discussed with participants the topics of formative assessment and faith integration in the classroom. As is my pattern, resources and session notes for the two …

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#PBL Session Resources

I am spending the day in New York City at Astoria Lutheran School, working with the faculty and staff there on project based learning (PBL) design and strategies. To that end, I developed this resource page that contains links, articles, templates, etc. to support the PBL journey for this school or any other. Feel free …

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Students and School Design Ideas

Each year my Lights Academy seniors take on the challenge of identifying design issues within the school and making proposals for addressing those issues in a positive manner. They do the research, share their ideas as a class, and then they pursue the proposals they choose. Two weeks ago my student Bri (pictured in the …

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Parkinson’s Research and Fake News

Over the next several weeks, I am going to share recent Capstone Project work from my Lights Academy seniors. These projects are the culmination effort of their Lights Academy work, where they have chosen a question to research and dug deep into the analog, digital, and human resources that can help answer their query. I am proud …

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Lights Academy Capstone Project Presentations

Each year our Lights Academy seniors create a Capstone Project that serves as a deep research project that is a culmination of their work in our project based academy. These presentations are formally shared during the school day and informally shared in a conversational style with parents and visitors on a Capstone Celebration Night at …

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“I’ve Thought About….” and PBL

I have been working with my Lights Academy students on innovation projects -- projects that are designed to build on something already created or solve a problem in a new way. This is a concept that is often a challenge for juniors and seniors. Their typical school experience through the years comes from absorbing the …

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