Guest Lesson | Recycling as a Focus for Project-Based Learning- From the New York Times Learning Network, this article provides multiple entry-points and resources for focusing on the problem of recycling with students.

Meeting Basics | Meetings can be a drag if not well planned and facilitated. Running Effective Meetings takes skill and creativity.

How To Make Students Better Online Researchers |

DOING RESEARCH - On of the hardest things to teach is research. Teaching how to do research is even harder at the elementary level. Here's an Edutopia article -- Doing Internet Research at the Elementary Level | Edutopia

NYTimes | FOR AUTHENTIC LEARNING, START WITH REAL PROBLEMS. A proposed design for a cigarette packet under Australia's plain-packaging law. The NYTimes FIXES blog explores solutions to major social problems. It provides great inspiration for designing real-world projects for schools. Example Driving Questions: How can we help our elders live healthier and happier lives? Re: Open Education for a Global Economy, the rise of Khan Academy ... Have students investigate how do we learn best?

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES: HOW TO TURN CURRENT EVENTS INTO REAL-WORLD PROJECTS: PBL | Edutopia. When the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year, teachers across the country recognized an opportunity to bring real-world applications of math and science into their classrooms. Similarly, the rescue of 33 Chilean miners has triggered student discussions about everything from heroism to human biology. Looking for academically rigorous projects? Check it out.

7 Things You Should Know About Challenge-Based Learning | - a brief introduction to the background, challenges, and opportunities of challenge-based learning

Challenge Based Learning: An Approach for Our Time from The New Media Consortium- 2009 study on the effectiveness of the CBL approach

MINDMAPPING - 3 Ways Mind Mapping Can Be Used to Enhance Learning

Project Based Learning is one way teachers can help better prepare kids for meaningful success in the real world. Video of Interview with Buck Institute Founders from Cable TV show: The Balance Act.

The Buck Institute for Education commissioned this short animated video that explains in clear language the essential elements of Project Based Learning (PBL). This simple video makes the essential elements of PBL come alive and brings to light the 21st Century skills and competencies (collaboration, communication, critical thinking) that will enable K-12 students to be college and work-ready as well as effective members of their communities.

EDUTOPIA | A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

Research-Supported PBL Practices: Strategies backed by research make project-based learning effective and engaging for teachers and students | Manor New Technology High School Success Metrics: Manor New Tech is part of the New Tech Network, a nonprofit that works with schools and districts around the country providing services and support to help reform learning through project-based learning (PBL). Since opening its doors in fall 2007, the school has achieved several notable accomplishmen...

Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning | WHAT EVERY GOOD PROJECT NEEDS | A project is meaningful if it fulfills two criteria. First, students must perceive the work as personally meaningful, as a task that matters and that they want to do well. Second, a meaningful project fulfills an educational purpose. Well-designed and well-implemented project-based learning is meaningful in both ways.

TAKE ACTION and MAKE A DIFFERENCE | Challenge Based Learning is an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems through efforts in their homes, schools and communities.

GRAPHIC | Problem Based Learning

GRAPHIC | Solutions based learning

GRAPHIC | Challenge Based Learning

Challenge Based Learning allows students to determine their direction of study and action as they develop guiding questions about their essential questions, determine the related challenges, conduct relevant research and guiding activities, and create solutions utilizing technology. Implementing CBL as an instructional strategy is a pedagogical shift from traditional methods of teaching as it places students alongside teachers as they work to learn together. This model is reflective of the t...