Must-Have Guides to Project-Based Learning . . . and Beyond!
Must-Have Guides to Project-Based Learning . . . and Beyond!
PUBLISHED: Thursday, August 29, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

Educators everywhere have made the case that project-based learning is ideal for the gifted classroom, due to its focus on student choice, teacher responsibility, and opportunities for differentiation. Teaching in a project-based environment means using great teaching practices and resources. These books will help teachers develop and implement PBL to ensure authentic and engaging learning experiences for gifted students. 

  • Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students guides teachers to create a project-based learning environment in their own classroom, walking them step-by-step through topics and processes such as linking projects with standards, finding the right structure, and creating a practical classroom environment. 

  • Ready-to-Use Resources for Genius Hour (coming soon) provides practical advice and a wealth of hands-on resources for teachers to implement Genius Hour, or passion projects, in the classroom. Through the tools and tips provided, teachers will see Genius Hour as a more meaningful teaching and learning experience than any other.

  • Case Studies and Case-Based Learning brings authentic, real-world learning to the classroom by studying problems that have occurred or could occur in the real world and developing solutions, utilizing critical thinking, creativity, and imagination to answer questions that don't always have one right answer.

  • Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom (grades 6–10) explains how to keep inquiry at the heart of mathematics teaching and helps teachers build students' abilities to be true mathematicians. The authors impart strategies that assist teachers in planning standards-based lessons, encouraging wonder and curiosity, providing a safe environment where failure occurs, and giving students opportunities for revision and reflection.

  • 10 Performance-Based Projects series (grades 3–5). Each book in this series provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills. Included for each project is a suggested calendar to allow teacher scheduling, mini-lessons that allow students to build capacity and gain understanding, as well as multiple rubrics to objectively assess student performance.

  • Hands-On series (2nd ed.). These books immerse students in the world of real-life ecologists, archaeologists, engineers, chemists, and physicists. Through engaging authentic learning experiences, students will explore ecological habitats, discover artifacts, create innovative solutions to design and engineering challenges, and engage in fascinating experiments while building STEM skills.