Back to School: High School Get-To-Know-You Project-Based Learning Activities

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This bundle combines several student-directed project-based learning resources that are perfect for back-to-school relationship-building. These high school get-to-know-you activities set the stage for personalized learning and a strong PBL culture.

Help learners grow in intrapersonal awareness by exploring who they are while also learning about your students as unique individuals to maximize student-led PBL potential. There is also a great degree of authentic sharing involved in this resource, giving your students the opportunity to get to know each other better as well.

This is also a good opportunity to introduce project-based learning if you plan to implement PBL over the course of your class/session.

How to use this bundle:

  • I like to use the resources in this bundle at the beginning of the school year or session to introduce project-based learning and better get to know my students. The more you know your students the better you will be able to guide them through interest-based, personalized PBL in the future.
  • The "Meet the Teacher" bonus is best used before the others. It is a great mini-project for introducing the elements of PBL.
  • The "Goals Through Artistic Expression" and "Storytelling" resources are more structured (teacher-designed), so might be more effective at helping students transition to self-directed learning if completed first.
  • The other two PBLs, "Heritage" and "Real-Life Heroes", were designed to encourage self-direction. Students have more opportunities for choice than they do in the other two PBLs, so doing these after the other two is suggested.
  • Each experience could take anywhere from 1-2 weeks. I always have my students working on at least two at a time.

What you should know:

  • You DO NOT need experience in PBL to facilitate these projects.
  • These projects were designed to be low-prep. They give students the tools to be independent productive workers, leaving you more time for facilitation and relationship-building.
  • Each resource included in this bundle has a printable and digital Google Slides version.
  • The resources in this bundle are not editable.

Each project includes:

  1. Teacher guide
  2. Student guide and research templates - brainstorming activities, planners, project checklists, etc.
  3. Project reflection
  4. Project rubrics

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