Project Based Learning

Optional for the 2016-2017 School Year!

Students engaged in an afterschool project-based learning activity.

MindWorks Resources is proud of our optional Project Based Learning (PBL) component of our 2016-2017 “Eureka!” afterschool curriculum! As our existing customers know, we have always provided theme-based instruction that seamlessly incorporates the 3 C’s of 21st Century Learning (Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking), but we take it to a whole new level with our cutting-edge Project-Based Learning component.

Afterschool programs required to implement Project-Based Learning into their program will be guided on how to engage participants in student-driven projects. The wide array of PBL lessons will encourage students to enhance their knowledge and develop authentic products while dealing with real-world issues. Students will design, plan, and carry out extended projects in which they will produce publicly-exhibited results such as products, publications, and presentations. For customers that choose to implement PBL, the pairing of MindWorks curriculum with the optional PBL component will provide students with an even more robust, student-centered learning experience.

Project-Based Learning can be very complex and daunting, especially to programs that are already understaffed or have limited resources. Many of our customers confronted with mandates to implement PBL into their program face very real and challenging problems and questions. The good news is the MindWorks Afterschool Curriculum project-based learning component tackles many of those challenges head-on so you don’t have to!

Below are some of the questions we’re frequently asked. If your program is faced with implementing PBL and you have additional questions, relax and contact us to help guide you through the process.


How do I keep PBL from being just “making something”, “hands-on learning”, or “doing an activity?”

PBL projects and activities are designed to deepen students’ understanding of subjects and to provide rich and meaningful content. To keep PBL projects from being simply superficial activities, MindWorks has developed comprehensive PBL lessons directly tied to core standards for learning. Each of the lessons requires not only active participation by students and hands-on learning but also entry events, need-to-knows, voice and choice guidance, reflection and revision techniques, and project culmination activities.

How do I ensure that PBL doesn’t just focus on “soft skills” such as critical thinking and collaboration, but also teaches content knowledge and academic skills?

MindWorks has done the work for you. Each of our comprehensive PBL lessons is standards-based. Each teacher’s guide directly correlates with objectives from Common Core and state standards and every PBL lesson addresses the Content and Skills Standards for each of the six core subjects. With MindWorks PBL, everything you need to teach content knowledge and academic skills is provided in a teacher-friendly format.

How do I find the time to plan PBL lessons with everything else I have to do?

Let MindWorks take care of your project based learning planning! Each of MindWorks’ comprehensive PBL units contain a driving question, PBL project information, significant content, project introduction resources, and a project implementation guide organized in a simple to follow lesson plan format. In addition, each PBL lesson also includes reproducible forms for collaboration, presentation rubrics, student handouts, a project calendar, and more.

How do I create PBL lessons for different age groups and ability levels, non-fluent English speakers and those students with learning disabilities?

MindWorks PBL lessons are specially designed with different age groups and ability levels in mind. Our style of intentional, student-centered learning makes MindWorks PBL projects conducive to a wide range of learners including English as a second language learners, students with developmental and learning disabilities, and young children. By incorporating differentiated instruction, modeling, and scaffolding into each and every MindWorks lesson, all students are provided with the opportunity for success.

How do I implement PBL while maintaining my personal teaching style?

Teaching in a PBL environment does not mean abandoning traditional teaching practices. There's still room for structured lessons, hands-on help, and interaction with students, just within a slightly different framework. Many teachers who have used MindWorks afterschool curriculum's PBL component say they would not go back to the way they used to teach. Why? Because it's easy to manage, fun for students, and it works.

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At MindWorks Resources, we know how kids’ brains work! The diverse team of experts in our Dallas based organization specialize in language development, literacy, and learning styles in children. For over a decade, we have used the skills of amazingly creative educational experts to develop hands-on, interactive, educational materials that engage students in multi-sensory learning experiences. Since our founding, the focus of MindWorks Resources has been on teaching children the way they learn through implementing researched based techniques in fun and exciting ways.