Tag Archives: project-based learning

Lilian Katz’s Project Approach Handout

Dr. Lilian Katz is a guest speaker at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2012. She is an expert in the project approach to learning. The following is a collection of PDF-based materials designed to help educators implement the project approach. . Handouts The Project Approach for Preschoolers The Project Approach: Anticipating What Children Might Learn The Project […]

A Good Prompt is Worth 1,000 Words

The Creative Educator has published my fifth article in a series on effective project-based learning, A Good Prompt is Worth 1,000 Words. I hope you and your colleagues enjoy it! Previous articles in the series: What Makes a Good Project? Developing Projects That Endure The Genius of Print Less Us, More Them! A Good Prompt […]

Super Awesome Sylvia Joins CMK 2012 Faculty!

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2012 celebrates computing, creativity and children by adding blog, YouTube and MakerFaire sensation, Super Awesome Sylvia as a guest speaker and faculty member at CMK 2012, July 9-12, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sylvia’s enthusiasm, curiosity, ingenuity and passion have inspired hundreds of thousands of children and adults to tinker with cutting-edge […]

Project Approach Guru to Speak at CMK 2012

Dr. Lilian Katz, a pioneer in the “project approach” to teaching and learning, will be a guest speaker at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2012, July 9-12, 2012 in Manchester, NH! Dr. Katz’s expertise in early childhood education learning through project work will make a significant contribution to CMK 2012. Register today and learn with a world-class […]

Award-winning Filmmaker Casey Neistat to Kickoff CMK 2012!

The Fifth Anniversary Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute, July 9-12, 2012 in Manchester, NH. is about action, but once a day, participants get to interact with brilliant thinkers whose work crackles with creativity, commitment and expertise. We’ve featured historians, astronomers, mathematicians, education reformers, MIT professors, early childhood experts and artists over the past four years, in […]

CMK 2011 in < 30 Minutes

Lindsay, Bill, Jorge Nelson and Adam Provost embraced documenting the Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011 experience as their project. The following 29 minute video does a nice job of capturing the CMK experience and chronicles the amazing variety of projects and speakers enjoyed by participants. The rock band KISS makes an appearance too – yes, really! […]

This is What Learning Looks Like

If you were ever curious about what I believe or do as an educator, my summer institute, Constructing Modern Knowledge, represents me quite well. The energy, creativity, projects developed and guest speakers at last month’s institute makes CMK 2011 one of the proudest accomplishments of my career. Even when we lost electricity for a couple […]

Serendipitous Learning

By Gary Stager, Ph.D. Founder and Director Constructing Modern Knowledge The following is a learning story documenting one project’s development  and the subsequent knowledge constructed. The lessons of this learning adventure embody the values of Constructing Modern Knowledge. Beth Calderone, Dan Trockman and Lizz Buchanan of the Blake School in Minneapolis, attended Constructing Modern Knowledge […]

Impossible!

Constructing Modern Knowledge begins with a ritual intended to kickoff four days of project-based learning. I learned a version of this brainstorming technique in the 1980s from my mentors, Dan and Molly Lynn Watt. I ask participants to take over their teacher hat and put on their learner hat; to spend a few days learning […]

Choice, Duh!

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011 ended just a few days ago and I’m exhausted, but in the words of David Letterman, “It’s a good kind of tired.” CMK 2011 stands as one of the highlights of my career. Not only was I able to create a productive learning environment for approximately 90 educators from Australia to […]