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Topic tags: why PBL, what is PBL, urban, authenticity


What is it? Author Sam Seidel describes how the High School for the Recording Arts, which serves urban youth in St. Paul, Minnesota, engages students who were turned off by traditional schooling by building its curriculum around PBL and hip-hop music, culture, and business.

Why do we like it? This book is enjoyable to read and carries the important message that education works better when students are engaged by learning that is connected to their own lives.

How can you use it? You and your colleagues might find this useful for a "book club" discussion about how to make your school's curriculum and use of PBL more authentic, whatever your students' culture and school setting might be.