Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry

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Press: Corwin; 1 edition (March 20, 2013)
Author Name:Krauss, Jane A.; Boss, Suzanne (Suzie) K. (Kay);
Edition:1st Edition


Everything you need to know to lead effective and engaging project-based learning! This timely and practical book shows how to implement academically-rich classroom projects that teach the all-important skill of inquiry. 
Teachers will find: A research-driven case for project-based learning, supported by current findings on brain development and connections with Common Core standards Numerous sample projects for every K-12 grade level Strategies for integrating project-based learning within all main subject areas, across disciplines, and with current technology and social media Ideas for involving the community through student field research, special guests, and showcasing student work

About the Author

Jane Krauss is a teacher, author and consultant who does curriculum and program development designed to increase participation of girls and other underrepresented groups in computer science. 
She will gladly tell you why computational thinking is the fundamental literacy of our technical age! Jane also writes and offers professional development internationally around the topic of project-based learning with technology.
With Suzie Boss, she is coauthor of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real World Projects in the Digital Age (2nd ed., 2014, ISTE) and Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry (2013, Corwin).In her free time, Jane enjoys dabbling in glasswork and mosaics, and keeps fit running and hiking on woodland trails just outside her door in Eugene, Oregon.Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities.
She is the author of several popular books for educators, including Bringing Innovation to School, Reinventing Project-Based Learning (co-authored with Jane Krauss), and Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning (co-authored with John Larmer and John Mergendoller).
She is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and a member of the Buck Institute for Education National Faculty.
She is collaborating with award-winning global educator Stephen Ritz on The Power of a Plant, which tells his inspiring story of creating green classrooms and healthier outcomes for children and communities across New York’s South Bronx and around the world.
Inspired by teachers who push the boundaries of the traditional classroom, Suzie consults with schools internationally that are ready to shift away from tests and textbooks and engage students in real-world problem solving.
She has helped project-based learning take hold at schools in India, Europe, Mexico, and South America, as well as all over the United States.
Beyond the regular school day, she has developed programs that teach youth and adults how to improve their communities with innovative, sustainable solutions.
Her wide-ranging interests in education were shaped by several years as a writer, editor, and field researcher for the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (now Education Northwest), and earlier experiences as a community college instructor and journalist.
She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she enjoys exploring the outdoors, playing tennis, and spending time with her husband and two grown sons.


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Comment List (Total:8)

  •     Met my expectations
  •     Co-authors Krauss and Boss are on the cutting edge of exploring new approaches to learning. Any book that demonstrates innovative and successful methods of teaching to counteract the often dreary techniques that are engrained in too many classrooms is a worthy read.
  •     Excellent Service and Book!
  •     Not what I had hoped it would be.
  •     EXCELLENT resource for a teacher. I am a project queen. I look forward to using this book to make my student's learning even more impactful through this book.Rozanne Lamar
  •     Fantastic! In excellent shape and very useful!
  •     Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss's Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry is an excellent, compact and comprehensive over-view of project-based learning from planning to culminating event. For the school leader wanting a solid, comprehensive overview of project-based learning, this book provides just that. For the educator looking for more ideas on how to implement project-based learning in their classroom, Thinking Through Project-Based Learning is an excellent addition to the professional teaching library. From cover to cover, Krauss and Boss take readers through topics like these:What is project-based learning?Why use Project-Based Learning?How do I implement project-based learning?How does PBL fit in with current brain science?How do we create classrooms that make thinking happen?How can we create classrooms where curiosity is practiced and welcomed?How can we create classrooms where inquiry happens as a rule?How can we design projects that provide rich learning experiences?What does PBL look like in the core academic areas---language arts, social studies, science, and math?Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry answers a lot of questions about PBL without getting too entangled in theory. It is an excellent book that offers practical ideas on how to get started with PBL and create student inquiry-centered classrooms. The book also offers educators other content as well. It includes a Project Library for those looking for project ideas, and it has a Discussion Guide for those wishing to perhaps use the book in a PLC book study. It includes a Professional Development Guide for those wanting to zero in on PBL for PD purposes. Finally, there is a list PBL resources in the back worth its weight in gold.Implementing PBL is a messy endeavor. It takes a great deal of courage on the teacher's part, support by administrators, and resources. Thinking Through Project-Based Learning is an excellent resource to provide teachers as they implement project-based learning. It is also a book that administrators would do well to read as well.
  •     This was just what I was looking for! Great for ideas and definitely worth the price I paid for it.

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