PBL Baby-Stepping: Polishing the Plan

I think it was a cranky high school teacher that first introduced me to the oft-quoted by cranky teachers aphorism: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Over time and several years in the classroom myself, as much as I hate to admit it, that quote might be right.

Now, I think the word “fail” is a bit harsh, and it’s one I try not to use, especially with anything involving school. But I do think it’s true that a lack of planning can undermine a project. Who among us hasn’t had a lesson, activity, or project fall flat due to a minor (or major) lack of planning?

When you’re implementing Project Based Learning, the plan is vital. In this series, we’ve already covered choosing learning outcomes and creating a driving question. But before you launch, there are a few more details that you want to make sure you’ve done:

Throughout this planning stage, always keep in mind what you want your students to accomplish–what you want to see in the end.