Are you interested in using Project Based Learning to revamp your lessons, but aren’t sure how to get started? In DIY Project Based Learning for Math and Science, award-winning teacher and Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron makes it fun and easy! Project Based Learning encourages students and teachers alike to abandon their dusty textbooks, and instead embrace a form of curriculum design focused on student engagement, innovation, and creative problem-solving. A leading name in this field, Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares some of her most popular units for Math and Science in this exciting new collection. This book is an essential resource for teachers looking to:
- Create their own project-based learning units.
- Engage student in their education by grounding lessons in real-world problems and encouraging them to develop creative solutions.
- Incorporate role-playing into everyday learning.
- Develop real-world lessons to get students to understand the life-long relevance of what they are learning.
- Assess multiple skills and subject areas in an integrated way.
- Collaborate with teachers across subject areas.
- Test authentic skills and set authentic goals for their students to grow as individuals.
Part I of the book features five full units, complete with student samples, targeted rubrics, a checklist to keep students on track, and even "Homework Hints." Part II is a mix-and-match section of tools you can use to create your own PBL-aligned lessons. The tools are available as eResources on our website, www.routledge.com/9781138891609, so you can print and use them in your classroom immediately.
Table of Contents
Meet the Author
Foreword by Suzie Boss
Project Based Learning, the Common Core, and the 4Cs
Experts Weigh In
A Teacher’s Maker Movement
How to Create Your Own PBL UNIT Focusing on Math or Science
How This Book is Different Than Other PBL Books
PART I: PBL Lessons
THE GENIUS UNIT: A unit based on informational reading and scientific lab reports
Tip on How to Assess Writing Quickly #1
INVENTION UNIT: A unit based on inventing solutions to common, everyday problems using persuasive pitch writing, crowdsourcing, 3D printing, and digital commercial production
Tip on How to Assess Writing Quickly #2
GALAPAGOS UNIT – A unit committed to funding a mission to save the endangered and unique species of the Galapagos Islands based on student research, role-playing, writing an executive summary of recommendations, and an oral pitch to the "board" of a major institute.
Tip on How to Assess Writing Quickly #3
THE THEME PARK UNIT: A unit based on the engineering of building a theme park focused on mathematical trial-and-error and various thematic reading genres
Tip on How to Assess Writing Quickly #4
THE TEACH THEM TO BE TEACHERS UNIT: A unit based on the highest level of communication of all…the ability to teach
Tip on How to Assess Writing Quickly #5
PART II – Mix and Match Lessons
QRF (Question-Response Format)
Norms for Video Conferencing
How to Conduct an Interview
Writing with Numeracy Lesson
The Problem Statement
Collaboration Constitution Assignment
Tips on How to Reach Consensus
Oral Presentation Rubric
Understanding Infographics Lesson
How to Comment on a Blog
Cover Letter Outline
Executive Summary Outline
Oral Conference Feedback Sheet
Google Advanced Search
Six Steps of Being an Internet Detective
Internet Literacy: Verifying the Evidence Lesson
Developing a Student-Created Assessment
Oral Presentation Timing Sheet
How to Annotate Text
Tips for Choosing a Book
Visual Presentation (PowerPoint) Guidelines
Norms for Backchanneling and Using Twitter
Heather Wolpert-Gawron is an award-winning middle school teacher and a popular blogger through Tweenteacher.com and Edutopia.org. She is also author of DIY Project Based Learning in ELA and History, as well as two other books with Routledge Eye On Education.
"With her DIY Project Based Learning books, Heather opens up her extensive toolkit and invites fellow teachers to take a look—and borrow liberally. It’s a generous move by a teacher who has worked hard to develop her own, deep understanding of PBL and to design projects that resonate with students." --From the Foreword by Suzie Boss, Education Consultant and National Faculty Member for the Buck Institute for Education, Portland, Oregon
"This book is worth your time. Heather Wolpert-Gawron’s conversational writing style and step-by-step guidance take you on a magical journey, energize you, and fill your head with new possibilities. These innovative teaching units, mix-and-match lessons, and ready-to-use tools provide a rich array of material to bring your classroom to life. Heather is a truly talented curriculum designer with a gift for inspiring and connecting with her readers." --Anne Jolly, PLC Consultant with Learning Forward and author of STEM by Design (Routledge, 2016)
"Heather Wolpert-Gawron is that rare teacher that will go to any length to bring a subject to life. I know so, because as a quantum physicist at Caltech, I am invited to her classroom every year to help her students create powerful superhero origin stories that incorporate real science into their chosen superpowers. In this book, you will find Heather's philosophy on teaching math and science effectively, as well as fully developed lessons from which any teacher can draw to create their own Project Based Learning modules. Perhaps, most importantly, teachers will find here the inspiration and tools they need to unlock their very own superpowers, the ones that make students say years later, 'I had this one math teacher that made me fall in love with math.'" --Spyridon Michalakis, Research Scientist and Manager of Outreach, Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, California Institute of Technology
"...this text would be beneficial for a teacher looking for alternate ways to assess their students in a meaningful way. I would also recommend this book to preservice teachers as it encompasses the NCTM Process Standards that are addressed in some state curricula." -- Katelyn Devine,Virginia Beach City Public Schools
- eResources (ZIP 2,185KB)