The authors of Hacking Project Based Learning are back with

PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Real Questions. Real Answers. How to Unpack PBL and Inquiry 

Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy

Countless educators from across the globe would love to leverage project based learning to create learner-centered opportunities for their students, but, believe it or not, PBL has yet to go mainstream.

If project based learning can benefit so many students, why isn’t this approach the norm in teaching? Because educators have questions.

Since the release of their first book, Hacking Project Based Learning, Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy, prominent PBL experts, have connected with thousands of PBL practitioners.

Project Based Learning is Cooper's and Murphy’s response to the most common, and most complex, questions educators ask about PBL and inquiry, including:

  • How do I structure a PBL experience?

  • What do I do while the kids are working?

  • How do I get grades?

  • How do I include direct instruction?

  • What happens when kids don't work well together?

  • How do I manage the chaos?

Project Based Learning answers these questions, and more, to show you how to do PBL and inquiry the right way, in any subject or grade.

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Customer Reviews

As an advocate for inquiry-based learning, I am thrilled that Cooper and Murphy have given us a book that serves as a practical, accessible, and inspiring guide for creating the conditions for ownership of learning and relevance. #RealPBL gives us multiple entry points to weave best practices together without feeling overwhelmed. With so many tools, strategies, and resources, I will be returning to this book many times in the future! Are you already leveraging the power of PBL and inquiry? Just considering PBL and inquiry? Either way this book is a must read!


In this book, Cooper and Murphy do a fantastic job demonstrating how effective PBL is a connection of tried-and-true instructional practices, rather than some flashy new way to teach. What makes this such a great resource is how the authors highlight strategies for effective practices (ex: planning, collaboration, conferencing, feedback, grading and assessment, etc...), and then most importantly, showing how to connect them to create engaging learning experiences for students. PBL is all about the shifts and connections of practices, around a central theme, to make learning more relevant and engaging for students. Cooper and Murphy take a transparent approach in this book, sharing their experiences, including their early pitfalls, to help the reader see how their PBL designs have evolved to the where they are today. There are many useful examples, guides, and resources included in the book, and the supporting resources, which provide great entry points for teachers and administrators. This book can help teachers at all levels make shifts that will engage and benefit students.

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