PBL Pilot: Matching PBL With Traditional Grading

January 5, 2015

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Matt Weyers




Photo credit: Matt Weyers

Editor’s Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the fifth installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program.

Project-based learning has been wonderful. Students are self-reporting how they’re experiencing a deeper level of learning, and parents are saying that their children are actively (and often voluntarily) elaborating on their learning outside of school. We firmly believe that PBL is one of the best teaching methodologies available for the 21st century.


The opportunities to assess students on the 4 Cs (creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking) have been endless. Blending all of this into the traditional A-F grading system, however, has on occasion felt like pounding a square peg into a round hole. At this point in the school year, we feel that standards-based grading would be the best and most opportune solution to grading in a PBL environment. We feel fortunate, though, to have the administrative support we need for tackling these challenges. In this post, we’d like to look at some of our challenges, working solutions, and further questions to consider. Read more →

Jan 2015
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