Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom
|Author(s)||Ross Cooper, Erin Murphy|
|Year Publish||2016 December|
As questions and mysteries around PBL and inquiry continue to swirl, experienced classroom teachers and school administrators Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy have written a book that will empower those intimidated by PBL to cry, “I can do this!” while at the same time providing added value for those who are already familiar with the process. Hacking Project Based Learning demystifies what PBL is all about with 10 hacks that construct a simple path that educators and students can easily follow to achieve success.
“Hacking Project Based Learning is a classroom essential. Its ten simples ‘hacks’ will guide you through the process of setting up a learning environment in which students will thrive from start to finish.” — Daniel H. Pink, New York Times Bestselling Author of DRIVE
The book is written with a sense of urgency and clarity. After reading this part: "We are preparing students for a globally competitive world where their abilities to think on their feet, solve problems, and innovate will be valued far more than the number of facts in their heads." I am even more motivated to get a greater handle on the purpose, and best practices of implementing a project-based learning classroom. Also, the authors provide soooo much support through schoology. This book is A MUST HAVE! Add it to the front shelf of your teacher resource library!
About the Authors:
Ross Cooper is the Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12 in the Salisbury Township School District in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was an elementary assistant principal for a year, and before that a fourth-grade teacher in the East Penn School District for six years. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. His passions are inquiry-based learning and quality professional development. He blogs about these topics at rosscoops31.com. He regularly speaks, presents, and conducts workshops related to his writings and professional experiences. When he is not working, he enjoys eating steak and pizza, exercising, reading books, playing on his computer, and provoking his three beautiful nephews. Please feel free to connect with him via email, RossCoops31@gmail.com, and Twitter, @RossCoops31.
Erin Murphy is the assistant principal of Eyer Middle School in the East Penn School District. As a certified literacy specialist, she coordinates the middle-level ELA department. Erin’s classroom experiences range from kindergarten through fifth grade. In college, Erin was a member of the Professional Development School at Penn State University; this full year collaboration between the university and State College Area School District focused on inquiry-based learning, conceptual math instruction, and project-based learning experiences. She has presented at numerous conferences on the east coast focused on Project Based Learning, Literacy, Technology, and Educational Leadership. Erin married her college sweetheart and has two beautiful daughters. Follow Erin on Twitter @MurphysMusings5 and check out her blog at psumurphette.com