FAQs2017-11-28T21:01:36+00:00

Let us try to answer a few questions for you. But of course, if you have other questions you’d like us to answer,  please contact us!

  1. We’ve found it helpful to come with a group of colleagues from your school. We work hard to develop a supportive and collaborative community at the PBL Residency, and sharing this experience with your colleagues provides an opportunity for it to continue into the school year.
  2. Shared living space during the residency. Rent a house! Debrief and discussion at the end of each day has really helped our past participants take their projects to the next level.
  3. Bring curriculum you’d like to focus on. Not a unit! PBL works best from a “blank” canvas. If you want to make a significant change in your teaching practices give yourself the freedom to do so.

Here is how a few past participants answered this question:

“While I had been introduced of PBL prior to doing the residency, I found the residency extremely helpful for a number of reasons. Here are five:

  1. Collaboration time with other teachers was really helpful. There were so many good ideas being shared in our groups.
  2. It was a week of time where I could really focus on developing one good project. During a regular school year, there isn’t time to really work through all of the details of a project. The residency gave me some focused time to develop a project, and work on the details of it with a group of “experts” on creating projects
  3. No project is perfect, so why not spend some time making an existing project better?
  4. I knew about all of the elements that should go into project design, but found that including all of them was often difficult. The PBL Residency helped me to figure out better ways to include all of the elements of an effective PBL project. For example, protocols with students. I tried them before with limited success. Now I’m a little better at helping my students run through a tuning protocol. Also, I learned that there are many ways to run a tuning protocol and many different ways to get students to provide feedback to one another that is helpful and valuable and specific and kind.
  5. I learned how to develop an atmosphere in my classroom where it’s OK (even encouraged) to try something and fail, rather than to not participate.

These are my top 5 reasons for why attending PBL Residency is useful, even if you’re already familiar with the PBL approach.”

“Knowing about PBL and practicing it are completely different. The PBL Residency allows you to experiment and get valuable feedback on new project ideas (or old ones). It provides a safe environment for trying new things, and you get inspired by witnessing the evolution of many other projects, from a variety of subjects and grades.”

While specific workshop titles and topics are specific to each PBL Residency, the general schedule of the week stays the same. Take a look at a sample schedule to get an idea of what to expect!

The registration deadline for the 2018 PBL Residency is June 30, 2018. Please send any requests for changes or cancellations to info@pblresidency.com. Full refunds (less a $50 administration fee) are available prior to June 30, 2018. Any refund requests after the registration deadline will result in a 50% refund (less a $50 registration fee) because after this date staff and logistics have been confirmed for the event.

2018 PBL RESIDENCY CANCELLATION POLICY

Registration Deadline June 30, 2018
Cancellation prior to June 30, 2018 Full Refund less $50 administration fee ($700 refund)
Cancellation after June 30, 2018 50% Refund less $50 administration fee ($325 refund)
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