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Project Based learning

a Glossary of Common terms in a project based learning environment
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Academic Rigor
6 A's rubric component: Difficulty and/or challenge(s) presented in any academic setting.
Active Exploration
6 A's rubric component: the process by which students are expected to acquire information in the context of a project. rather than Knowledge being presented to them as the teacher feels it is needed resources are presented and students are allowed to filter those aspects resources necessary to complete project.
Adult Connections
6 A's rubric component: Providing experts from the community and the business world to our students so they can share the experience of individuals actually in the fields they study. providing these connections helps extend the learning beyond the school walls
Applied Learning
6 A's rubric component: The application of the skills to be acquired in real and relevant ways that require critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Assessment
The act of determining the varying degrees of knowledge gained. Can be seen in may different forms.
Assessment Practice
6 A's rubric component: Transference of the skills required to complete project to varying other assessments including but not limited to district formative assessments and state end of course or STAAR.
Benchmark
a standard by which something can be measured or judged
Collaboration
the ability to worl collectively and efficiently with your peers to accomplish a common task and ensure all individuals succeed.
College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)
The level of preparation a student needs in order to enroll and succeed—without remediation—in a credit‐ bearing course at a post-secondary institution or in a high‐quality certificate program that enables students to enter a career pathway with potential future advancement.
Critical friends
critical friends can be defined as trusted individuals who ask provocative questions, provide data to be examined through another lens, and offers critiques of a person's work as a friend.
Curriculum Guide
A series of lessons and/or scope and sequence of TEKS provided by the district to ensure that all students receive the same quality of education
Driving Question
a thought provoking, open-ended, question meant to drive instruction and direct students to craft knows and need to knows as they complete the project.
Enduring Understanding
Over arching theme of the project, 30 years from now you want your students to remember about this unit.
Entry Doc (Document)
a document that at the start of a project can provide some basic information, and/or logistical answers to coincide with the entry event
Entry Event
Hook or project Start . used to get students excited about doing this project. Come in a variety of fashions.
Explicit Vocabulary Instruction
Purposefully and specifically selecting vocabulary to be taught throughout a unit so that limited vocabulary does not serve as a hurdle to student success
Facilitator
Develop real-world, complex and open-ended problems such as might be faced in the workplace or daily life. Have the role of making sure students are staying on track and finding the resources they need. Raise questions to student groups that deepen the connections they make among concepts. Strike a balance between providing direct guidance and encouraging self-directed learning.
Final Product
What is produced as a result of the acquisition of skills noted in TEKS
Knows and Need to Knows
Student generated list of what knowledge they already possess and what knowledge is still needed to be discovered in order to complete project.
Learning Outcomes
The different facets of knowledge the student will be graded on
Literacy Task
a reading or writing task intrinsic in the completion of the project.
Performance Product
Similar to final product but inferred in performance is the public display and or presentation of learning for an authentic audience.
Problem Based Learning (PrBL)
s a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of problem solving. Students learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge. Similar or PBL problem based learning occurs over a shorter duration.
Project Based Learning
an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. These activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom.
Project Calendar
Calendar used to track benchmarks and the progression and disbursement of skills throughout project.
Project Learning Plan (PLP)
The document with which we can demonstrate the planning process for a project. Consisting of several Modules: Skills, resources and Context though Explicit Vocabulary
Rubric
A scoring rubric is an attempt to communicate expectations of quality around a task. In many cases, scoring rubrics are used to delineate consistent criteria for grading.
Scaffolding
Activities and workshop designed to support students in the acquisition of new knowledge.
Standards
the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
Targeted Content Skills
the content skills that will either be taught or assessed within a project
Targeted Research Skills
the research skills that will be either taught or assessed within a project
TEKS
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
Unit
A specific grouping of TEKS connected either thematically or chronologically.
Workshops
A brief intensive course for individual students, a small group, or even an entire class