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Seven Essentials for Project Based Learning

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project based learning, student led, authentic engagement, Su18RWA, Real-World Application
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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    • Element A: Teachers foster a predictable learning environment characterized by acceptable student behavior and efficient use of time in which each student has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults and peers.
  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element B: Teachers use formal and informal methods to assess student learning, provide feedback, and use results to inform planning and instruction.
    • Element D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

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In this article, the reader is guided through seven elements to create meaningful project-based learning experiences.  

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Larmer, J., & Mergendoller, J. R. (2010, September). Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning. Retrieved from


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Jennifer Stuart
The information in this article was very helpful in that it not only broke down the seven steps, it explained in detail how to fulfill each of the steps. An idea that was new to me and very helpful was the quote: "A project without a driving question is like an essay without a thesis." Furthermore, an idea that was presented that I didn't know about before, but I want to explore further is the formulation of groups; the research is pointing to the fact that groups work best when they are teacher formed. Finally, an idea that I agree with is the feedback and revision piece: "revision is a frequent feature of real-world work." This article is extremely helpful when thinking about and preparing a PBL.