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The PD Corner

PBL vs PBL – Does it really matter?

“PBL” is not a new term, but it is getting a lot of air-time lately as educators strive to teach to the 21st Century learner. “Sage on the Stage” methodologies are getting left behind as more and more schools encourage teachers to use “PBL” in their classrooms and act as the “Guides on the Sides,” facilitating a more student-centered environment.

But there is some confusion on this because “PBL” refers to two different, though complementary, instructional strategies: Problem Based Learning and Project Based Learning.

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Partnership Announcement
Future Problem Solving

Renzulli Learning and Future Problem Solving Program International are excited to announce their partnership to provide a virtual platform and global collaboration opportunities for the FPSP process.

Today’s students are the first generation of the 21st century. Teachers, coaches, and parents face the task of preparing students for emerging new realities. Participation in Future Problem Solving:

  • Develops the critical and creative thinking skills necessary to adapt
    to a changing world.
  • Increases awareness of the future
  • Enhances communication & collaboration
  • Utilizes an effective creative problem solving model encouraging
    youth to actively shape their future

FPS offers four competitive components that you can participate in. They are Global Issues Problem Solving, Community Problem Solving, Scenario Writing, and Scenario Performance. Three divisions are offered for students: Junior (grades 4-6), Middle (grades 7-9), and Senior (grades 10-12).

What a perfect fit for Renzulli Learning’s Project Based Learning function, The Project Wizard. If you are looking for competitive opportunities for students to experience problem based learning at it’s best – check out today!

Content Spotlight
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Discover contest information and Future Problem Solving practice activities in the Enrichment Database by searching for “FPS” or “Future Problem Solving.” You will find practice problems from past contests as well as creativity development training activities such as “Generating and Focusing Ideas.”

We will be adding more exciting FPSP content very soon, including building Super Starter Projects for your students to enjoy!

Tip of the Month

Scaffolding Your Type III Process

Ready to get your Type III Projects underway? Check out the suggested timeline and assessment options, including the “SPAF” – The Student Product Assessment Form by Joe Renzulli and Sally Reis.

In this month’s Tip, Jeannie Pascon, our Director of Professional Development and Client Support, shares her experience and scaffolding with you to help you get a leg up on the process!

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Sharing Best Practices

Launching Type III Projects

This month’s Best Practice comes from Mrs. Brittany Motes, a Gifted and Talented Teacher from Vernon, CT.

Check out these great first steps to getting your students to create amazing Type III Projects! A strong foundation helps students stick with more in-depth and long term projects.

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Education Week Article by Joe Renzulli

What We’re Getting Wrong About Gifted Education
Article by Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli

In an urban district in Connecticut where I was working, for example, one student was low performing according to his state achievement test scores. However, he had a curious fascination with anything related to mechanics and electricity. After examining his strength-based profile, his teacher encouraged him to work on a project for the state Invention Convention competition.
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