Will there be a combination of student-selected, but teacher-adjusted groups? Whatare the benefits?
Homo or Heterogeneous
Will the groups be of similar ability? Similarinterests? Dissimilar? Why?
Never led with content
How will you name the work groups toreflect authenticity of the world?
How will you keep the students working at ahigh-quality pace with a strong sense of urgency?
How will you set the tone for how the work is conducted?
Scheduled as needed
This doesn’t have to be at the mid-pointonly. When we see that we’re making slow orextremely fast progress, this is a time tomeet.
Bring the entire group together to see fullprogress and group problem-solve anyissues.
How will you encourage peers to help oneanother to move forward.
Refocus on the big picture
Why are we doing this project? Are we allmoving together toward the end goal?
Reassess & prioritize theneeds and timeline
Help students look at what time is left andprioritize what can be completed in thatamount of time and what must be scrapped.
Positive & reassuring
Your role is to keep the students calm andmoving forward during a high-stressmoment.
Essential Components for LifePractice PBL Planning
Ginger Lewman, ESSDACK , January 2013