This year I faced an interesting dilemma as a PBL coach. Due the various needs of our PBL designers, I needed to figure out a way to differentiate support. Specifically, I needed to do a needs assessment for 22 teachers in just over 45 minutes and by the end I needed to know three things:
Thankfully, I had a tool ready to use. Last year with the help of Frank McKay at RTI International, I designed a PBL Road Map that systematically broke down the PBL Design Elements. (You can check out the Road Map on my PBL page) With Frank's help I also designed the Decision Matrix (seen here), an evaluative tool that allows the user an opportunity to determine their entry point in the five phase PBL Road Map. The Decision Matrix is my needs assessment. Using a simple video tutorial the teachers determined what phase of planning they were in, and with a simple reflection, shared what type of support they needed.
As a coach, I now had the information I needed to create plans for support. The results of this process will help in creating individual support plans and workshops to support teachers in their project design. Over the next few weeks I'll be meeting with teachers to get them ready for their second quarter projects. Due to the success of the Decision Matrix I can provide quality real time support.
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