What do PBL teachers say?
Organize Tasks and Activities

Organizing the tasks in a project requires the skills of a project manager. your goal is to work backwards from the end result you hope to see with your students. What will they know and do at the end of the project? Once you have the end in mind, your job is to make sure students learn and practice the skills and concepts taught in the project. This usually requires scaffolding activities. What do your students need to know before they undertake the project? What will you teach during the project to give them information necessary to succeed? What will they learn on their own during the course of the project?

See the following charts from the Project Based Learning Handbook for complete examples of scaffolding and breaking down tasks into manageable size. Remember to use the Project Planning Form to organize the overall flow of the project.

How do I scaffold learning?

Large and small project criteria Analyze the products required in the project and then take a close look at your students. Each product can be broken down into units of knowledge or particular skills. Here are some scaffolding ideas to get you started.
How can I plan for knowledge and skills?
Large and small project criteria Spend time preparing students by having them practice crucial project skills (i.e., interview skills, research skills, presentation skills) or learning essential information (i.e., vocabulary, content knowledge, core principles). See a sample plan.
What are some activities I might use?
Large and small project criteria See ideas for project activities.
How do I break down activities into manageble tasks?
Large and small project criteria Here are some ideas on how major activities in your project can be organized by tasks.
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