It might be a best kept secret, but did you know the Buck Institute for Education revamped their Project Planner? Here's why you should check it out.
1. The new Project Planner includes "Project Milestones" as seen below.
For those of you familiar with the Project Overview, this part of the planning document replaces the "Student Learning Guide."
What I love the most is that it allows teachers to:
1. Use my Alignment Map to unpack the standards and than transfer the performance tasks (assessments) right into the milestones. Using the concept of milestones has been easier to grasp and apply during the planning phase.
2. It allows teachers to use their Essential Questions in place of "Key Student Question" with a matching instructional or project milestone and formative assessment. Of course, you can also use your students Need to Know's list to fill these in too.
After planning the milestones, PBL planners can take each milestone and develop multiple days of instruction, activities and/or project work time. Bingo. Your project is planned and this scaffolded process makes it a bit easier.
I've used this new planning tool in several recent PBL trainings and each group has loved this new tool. It has made the planning process feel seamless from Project Ideation to the daily plan.
For more information on how I use this new document contact me.
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