Problem Solving and STEM

Problem Solving and STEM

Throughout the course of the day, teachers ask students to solve lots of different problems. Some problems may be small, while others may require multiple steps. Sometimes problems can be solved independently, while others require some […]

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John Larmer Joins Defined

John Larmer Joins Defined

John Larmer brings two decades of PBL expertise and leadership to Defined 

NORTHBROOK, Illinois, November 9, 2021Defined today announced that as it continues to build on its momentum as the leading provider of K-12 project-based learning (PBL) […]

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Professional Learning for PBL Champions

Professional Learning for PBL Champions

Hanging on the fence outside the entrance to Walt Whitman High School is a banner with a quote by the school’s namesake “Happiness is not in another place, but this place… not for another hour, but for this hour.” Students who attend Walt Whitman […]

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3 Keys to Improving Assessments

3 Keys to Improving Assessments

Educators, policymakers, parents, and others interested in improving the way we measure learning in today's schools need to examine three essential questions: 1) What really matters in a contemporary education? 2) How should we assess those things […]

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STEM and Writing: Connecting All the Pieces

STEM and Writing: Connecting All the Pieces

A class of fourth grade students are hunched over their desks writing feverishly about their recent experiment in the STEM lab. Within their science notebooks, you can see evidence of their learning; drawings of their catapult designs, labeling all […]

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7 Questions That Guide the Work of Inspired Teachers

7 Questions That Guide the Work of Inspired Teachers

I’m near the ocean where the sky is bright blue and the water is placid, but I can’t help recalling how gray, mute, and turbulent the last 15 months have been.  While I spent most of that time wrestling with a book I began four years ago, the […]

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Assessing Deeper Learning After a Year of Change

Assessing Deeper Learning After a Year of Change

The profound disruptions to traditional schooling this past year leave educators with a unique  opportunity to redefine school when we resume in the fall. Though it may be tempting to try to teach  faster to "catch up" on missed content, we contend […]

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