PBL: Navigating Timelines and Curriculum Maps
This week, I’m answering a few FAQs I received from a local school district as the teachers and administrators were being introduced to the foundations of PBL. My goal is to answer one of those questions each day. This post is day 1.
How can I use PBL while staying on my PLC’s timetable and curriculum map?
Good question! As with all PBL experiences, we start with how much time we have available for a topic (or collection of topics) within the timetable, then look at the standards we must address. Then we start building the PBL. A great PLC will likely offer you some room for more/less time with each topic as you go through the semester. Especially if a PLC is truly a Professional LEARNING Community that’s structured to foster learning of the participating educators.
If your curriculum map actually maps out lessons where everyone has to do all the same work all on the same week, then your infrastructure might need a bit of adjustment. PBL is about addressing students, not curriculum. BUT that being said, with PBL, you certainly do both. With curriculum mapping structures, you CAN do both, but the main focus I’ve seen used has been usually “getting through” the curriculum, despite who is sitting in front of you.
Remember, we teach students, not curriculum.
Ready to get started? Download a really useful and FREE PBL planning guide here!
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