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Problem-Based Learning in Middle and High School Classrooms

Problem-Based Learning in Middle and High School Classrooms
A Teacher's Guide to Implementation

February 2004 | 136 pages | Corwin
This is a guide to implementing problem-based learning as a teaching method in middle schools and secondary schools. Includes sample lessons specific to grade levels and disciplines and follows the same easy-to-use style of the original volume for K-8 classrooms.
About the Author
1. Problem-Based Learning: What and Why
Knowing What

Collaboration and Differentiation

PBL Provides Relevance to Learners

PBL Teaches Lifelong Problem-Solving Skills

The PBL Process in Action

In a Nutshell

2. PBL in the Middle School Classroom
Getting Started

Delivering Problems to Students

Problem Examples

PBL Problem Sources

Further Considerations for Middle School Classrooms

3. PBL in the High School Classroom
In the Beginning

Introducing PBL Problems

Problem Examples

PBL Problem Sources

Further Considerations for High School Classrooms

4. And the Problem Is
Developing PBL Problems for Classroom Use

Aligning Developed Problems With Standards

Getting Started

Using Resources with PBL Problems

Hints and Cautions in PBL Problem Development

A Final Word

5. Knowing You Did It
Making the PBL Grade With Authentic Assessments

PBL and Assessment Examples

Going Beyond Content Assessment

Using Portfolios With PBL

More PBL Assessment Examples

Using Self and Peer Assessments With PBL

6. The Whole Picture
PBL and Cooperative Learning

PBL and Service Learning

PBL and Project Based Learning

PBL and Traditional Strategies

Using It All, Using It Well

7. PBL Beyond The Middle and High School Classrooms
The Future for Students

The Future for PBL

Resource 1: Additional PBL Problems for Middle School and High School

Resource 2: PBL Process Charts

Resource 3: Guidelines for Facilitating PBL


Fills a gap in existing PBL literature. It gives helpful tips to PBL novices and timely reminders for PBL practitioners with an ever-present awareness of the specific needs of secondary teachers. It will be on my list of recommended reading for IMSA's PBL workshop participants!

Debra Gerdes, Problem-Based Learning Leader
Illinois Math and Science Academy

A complete delight. . . Ann Lambros writes in a manner that is very easy for any teacher to follow and feel comfortable with even without any prior understanding of PBL. . . She makes PBL seem uncomplicated, easy, and enjoyable. Her understanding of the capabilities and interests of the students at various grades is impressive.

Howard S. Barrows, Professor Emeritus
Southern Illinois University, Springfield

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Problem-Based Learning

Ann Lambros

Ann Lambros is Director of the Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching, and Learning at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is a consultant to K-12 schools and an expert at the creation and implementation of problem-based learning programs. More About Author

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