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Creating a Problem-Based Learning unit in any classroom is no easy task. Helping learners figure out how to identify a problem, do field work, get adequate research from the outside world, and present a polished presentation to a community adult panel is pretty intimidating. Now add KINDERGARTENERS to that equation. They are perhaps the most diverse learners of all grade levels. Some kids can read, others can't. Some kiddos are writing, others still don't know their letters. There are learners who can sit and do the tasks at hand, and others who simply cannot. They are easily distracted and developmentally represent a wide spectrum of abilities. That's why PBL looks completely different at this level – which is also why we decided to create this website to share our journey. We hope that what we learn about PBLing with Kinders can help you with what you are doing as well. Welcome!
Today Ms. Shannon and Ms. Miranda met with Principal Terry Schmalz, the campus PBL Learning Coach Aubrey Hoffman and district PBL Resources planning member Alisha Etcheverry. We spent three hours honing our kindness problem statement that we had written during a fabulous week-long D51 District PBL training last June with MindSpark Learning out of Denver.
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By Miranda Bailey