In November, Suzie Boss led a hands-on PBL training for the Elementary School prototypers. Teaching
teams brought their work, ideas, and plans to two 3. 5 hour training sessions. These sessions focused on:
Strengthening and deepening their understanding of PBL
Dispelling misconceptions about PBL
Understanding how the PBL approach fits within the PYP framework
Implementing the PYP Planner at ASB that supported and clarified key aspects of PBL in the PYP
Developing and clarifying terms and highlighting important distinctions for implementing PBL in
the PYP framework
Developing and refining their PBL units
Suzie Boss supported and consulted with several teams throughout their units while PBL Task Force
members also provided ongoing support, including collaborative meetings with the grade-level teams, a
PBL Prototype leader, the PYP Coordinator, and subject-area specialist teachers.
Share: Elementary School Feedback
At the completion of these units the Elementary School prototypers were asked to provide feedback. They
After prototyping, which of these best describes your experience with Project-Based Learning?
No experience and understanding of PBL
Limited experience and understanding of PBL
Moderate experience and understanding of PBL
A great deal of experience and understanding of PBL
What about prototyping PBL, and the model, supported successful planning and implementation
of your unit?
What about prototyping PBL, and the model, hindered successful planning and implementation of
Is there anything you would change about the Prototype PBL Model?
Prototypers identified a number of factors that catalyzed successful implementation of PBL units. These
The ability to collaborate with a variety of colleagues including: the grade level team, leaders of
the PBL Task Force, the PYP Coordinator, and other specialists. “Meeting with the PBL team,
including teaching teams who are also prototyping. It was helpful to chat about the models, throw
around ideas, challenges, misconceptions and to have our questions answered by those who are
more experienced [with PBL].”
Support and Consultation with Suzie Boss. “The two [half] day workshops with Suzie Boss was
highly effective for a “newbie” like me. I walked out of the last session feeling more motivated and
confident to use the PBL model.”
Prototypers also identified factors which inhibited implementation of PBL units. These included: