The Critical Thinking resource list is designed to help teachers effectively teach and assess critical thinking in PBL. It includes links on teaching practices for younger and older students, as well as materials for evaluating student competency in this success skill.
This curated collection of links addresses best practices for teaching and assessing communication skills. It includes big-picture background articles on PBL, speaking, and listening as well as concrete strategies and examples.
The Collaboration resource list includes a range of links to articles and tools that focus on the theory and practice of teamwork in the classroom. Categories addressed include teaching strategies, conflict resolution, and assessment.
This list of resources on teaching and assessing creativity has been handpicked by members of the BIE community. It includes great tools from BIE and from partner organizations such as Teaching Channel and Visible Thinking.
The 6-8 Presentation Rubric describes key indicators of effective presentation skills for middle school students. It can be used to guide students as they plan and share project presentations. This version of the rubric incorporates alignment to the Common Core State Standards, but a non-CCSS version is also available at bie.org.
This rubric helps students understand the building blocks of critical thinking, and can be used to scaffold students' skills in this area. This version of the rubric incorporates alignment to the Common Core State Standards, but a non-CCSS version is also available at bie.org.
This rubric, written in student-friendly language, helps students understand the key components of teamwork on a project. This version of the rubric incorporates alignment to the Common Core State Standards, but a non-CCSS version is also available at bie.org.
This clear, student-friendly rubric helps teachers guide students in using creativity and innovation in a project. This version of the rubric incorporates alignment to the Common Core State Standards, but a non-CCSS version is also available at bie.org.
In this recorded webinar, Roland Case (from the Critical Thinking Consortium) discusses strategies for embedding critical thinking opportunities throughout a project. He also introduces ways to help students build the skills they need to approach these challenges.
This is a two-part planning form for a project. The second part, the Project Design: Student Learning Guide, helps teachers plan scaffolding and formative assessment that are aligned to standards and a project's final major products.
This complete guide to K-12 Project Based Learning explains the why, what, and how of Gold Standard PBL. Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning includes a vision of rigorous, high-quality PBL and compelling arguments for its widespread use. The book includes useful information on success skills and scaffolding.
The newest book in BIE’s PBL Toolkit series is a practical guide to building 21st century student competency in the “4 C’s” – critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity/innovation – during a project. PBL for 21st Century Success includes sample projects from a variety of grade levels and subjects, CCSS-aligned rubrics for each of the 4 C’s, and tips for using technology to enhance projects.