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Authentic Learning Experiences: A Real-World Approach to Project-Based Learning

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"With Authentic Learning Experiences, Dayna Laur has outlined a realistic model for creating dynamic classrooms that will prepare students with the skills, critical thinking and problem solving that will prepare them for their lives. Use this book to experiment and connect with other teachers to transform your classrooms."
―Holly Jobe, President of ISTE

"This book pushes you beyond the traditional mode of teaching to one that truly engages students in relevant, authentic life experiences. The examples of Authentic Learning Experiences are inspiring. As a peer coach in my district, I wanted to share the content and examples with many of my colleagues from various levels and contents."
―Erica Ringelspaugh, Adams-Friendship High School, WI

"With the advent of the Common Core Standards, educators are constantly looking for valuable resources for the classroom that create authentic learning experiences. This resource provides the background information, explanation, and justification for those authentic learning experiences and additionally addresses the Common Core aspect. The examples provided are outstanding. I appreciated the chapter regarding the "Outside Audience," particularly because it seems to be an area that is overlooked. I also appreciate the information regarding research! My district struggles with authentic research opportunities and this resource provides justification and sound ideas."
―Kim Wagner, Traughber Jr. High, IL

This book provides a wealth of information; interesting, thought-provoking ideas; and a challenge to increase the rigor of our instruction. This book is appropriate for all classroom teachers who seek to improve student engagement, inspire learners, and move toward real-world solutions to our difficult problems.

--Kathy Highfield and Laura Pardo, Michigan Reading Journal

About the Author

Dayna Laur is a veteran high school social studies teacher of fourteen years. During her teaching tenure she was featured in Edutopia's Schools That Work series and as a model teacher for Authentic Learning as produced by the National Institute for Professional Practice. She currently serves as a Senior National Faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education and travels nationally to train teachers on effective implementation of Project-Based Learning. She has a BA in History from VA Tech, a MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Pittsburgh, and a MSED. in 21st Century Teaching and Learning from Wilkes University. She is also a two-time National Board Certified teacher. She has written articles that have appeared in Tech-Edge and EARCOS Journal.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (May 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596672455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596672451
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent read and a must for all teachers! I just bought two copies to give as Christmas gifts for my kids' teachers this year. If you haven't heard about Project Based Learning, this book guides you effortlessly through the process. From Pre-K to High School aged students, this book will empower your teacher to take his/her students beyond the confines of the classroom! Full of examples and step by step instruction, this book brings excitement back into teaching!
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I work with schools across the United States on Project Based Learning and quality instructional strategies. A common area of support that I address is authentic learning experiences. Finally, there's a reference book I can recommend and use with staffs during staff development. Dayna Laur shows great insight into the what and value of authentic learning experiences. The extensive detail will enable veteran and new teachers to effectively develop and implement learning experiences that will help students put academic skills and concepts into a context that makes sense to them in the world beyond the classroom. Dayna's experience shines through as someone speaking from practice not just theory. Want more students to shine in their learning and make deep connections? Get this book.
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One of the common shortcomings of project based learning is the lack of authenticity in the student work. Dayna Laur does a great job here in not only explaining the nuts and bolts of how to increase authenticity but also provides great examples from the field in a way that almost makes you feel like she's sitting with you. I love how she tackles vital components of great PBL instruction like teaching critical thinking, creating community and career connections, and creating a meaningful outside audience. She brings the thinking of an experienced teacher to difficult questions like formative AND summative assessment while not dancing around realities like the Common Core. This is a great resource for teachers and schools looking for concrete advice on how to increase rigor and relevance and certainly one that I've recommended to folks in my workshops!
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If you are looking for renewal in the classroom, it is found here. Dayna Laur provides excellent examples of how to engage the students in hands-on experiences. She shows ways to step up education a notch to allow for stimulation and intellectual growth. A must buy for educators or as a gift for the teachers in your life!
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