What’s Your Problem? – PBL in Middle School GT ELAR


Presenter: Kristina Janeway
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level:
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Students thrive when they have the opportunity to dive deep into a successful project. Are the projects you assign meeting the needs of your students? In this 1-hour course, “What’s Your Problem? Project Based Learning in Middle School GT ELAR,” Kristina Janeway shares the difference between giving students projects and developing a project-based learning program. Learn the best tips and tricks to develop project-based literature circles that encourage teamwork and growth. 

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Projects are a great way for GT students to take responsibility for learning and dive into subjects that interest them. But planning meaningful projects takes intentionality. Kristina Janeway, GT English educator, says that there is a difference between giving students projects and developing a project-based learning program. Project-based learning focuses on giving choices to students and team collaboration.

In this course, “What’s Your Problem? Project Based Learning in Middle School GT ELAR,” educators will learn how to set up and run project-based literature circles. Educators will discover creative ways to get students excited about literature and learn tips and tricks to make literature circles run smoothly. After taking this course, educators will have the resources they need to ignite a curiosity in students and help them become bold learners.

In this 1-hour course educators will:

  • Comprehend the difference between projects and project-based learning
  • Understand and apply the literature base for PBL applications
  • Learn how to design literature circles

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41 reviews for What’s Your Problem? – PBL in Middle School GT ELAR

  1. vonda – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    I loved all the resources and the real in the trenches conversation.

  2. Erika D. – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Some aspects can be used for the content I teach. This would be great for ELA.

  3. Suzanne – MIAMI EAST LOCAL (verified owner)

    This course was very informative.

  4. Trudy – GOOSE CREEK CISD (verified owner)

    This was a very useful course. Although the information shared was not new information, it was still relevant. It reminded me of activities that I used in the pass that the kids love and was highly engaged. This helps the students to understand what they are reading.

  5. Jenny – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  6. Julie – ROYSE CITY ISD (verified owner)

    I think it was valuable. My only issue was that while she was speaking, I know she was responding to questions, but I didn’t know what the questions were. It was hard to figure out some things in context. Plus, I will she was showing the pages of her resources while she was talking about them. Were we supposed to print them out? It didn’t specify.

  7. Louis – GALENA PARK ISD (verified owner)

    The presentation style is “a bit much”.

  8. KIMBERLY – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    It was great!! I very much wish my district wasn’t so tied to TEKS Resources’ YAG. It is really limiting. I would love to teach this way throughout the year. I may be able to squeeze in a couple, but not use for the whole year.

  9. Christy – LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE CISD (verified owner)

    This was included under elementary and secondary, but it doesn’t work much for elementary. However I took away some things from it I can use. I think she is a good presenter.

  10. Laura – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    This was a great course with fantastic ideas that can actually be used in the classroom.

  11. Patricia – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    I loved the practicality of this presentation, but can’t find the handout on the website. would like to see it downloadable here.

  12. Corey – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    Great resources and ideas that can be implemented immediately.

  13. Michelle – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  14. Diana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course focuses on what actually works in the classroom rather than just theory. It explains the difference between projects and project based learning.

  15. Jessica – LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE CISD (verified owner)

    It gave some great, useful ideas.

  16. Sanns – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting and engaging

  17. Alisa – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Helpful for ELAR PBL ideas.

  18. Jennifer – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    Too much material min too little time. The resources are great.

  19. Amy – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    I teach science, but am interested in doing more PBL. This course was helpful.

  20. Destine – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    Great way to think outside the box when using lit circles and a great way to apply real-world application to our readers.

  21. Sandra – MARIETTA CITY (verified owner)

    Knowledgeable presenter. Great motivator. Lots of practical ideas for GT students.

  22. Nancy – BURLESON ISD (verified owner)

    If you have ever had reservations about literature circles, you might be convinced to try again. I have never enjoyed literature circles but I might try again. Ganeway has been an instructor at the summer AP institutes for years. She is always a favorite.

  23. Maria – TULOSO-MIDWAY ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative.

  24. FERNANDO – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    I loved the ideas given to us for Project Based Learning.

  25. Claudia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This was an excellent course.

  26. Cynthia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I am in favor that the presenter as shared her webpage with additional resources that is priceless.

  27. Jessica – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  28. Rebekah – CLEBURNE ISD (verified owner)

    I found Ms. Janeway’s presentation style exceptionally interesting because she used specific examples of activities she did with her class.

  29. Kasi – GOOSE CREEK CISD (verified owner)

    I thought she was very engaging.

  30. Marisa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course offers great material that can be implemented in your ELAR classes.

  31. Diana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent presentation. Presenter shares awesome ideas.

  32. Martha Lynne – HERTFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    This is a great course for PBL if you are an ELA teacher; but not so great if you teach math. Although, I did enjoy learning about the books and the activities.

  33. Laura – GREGORY-PORTLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I love using literature circles. This course really helped with some practical advise on how to organize and run lit circles effectively.

  34. Tracie – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    This is a great introductory course to engaing students in literature through choice. It is difficult to imagine having all of the time and resources that she uses.

  35. Melinda – VAN WERT CITY (verified owner)

    I was hoping for more ideas on PBL besides Lit Circles. The information was good and she was a good presenter; I was just hoping for several topics instead of Lit circles.

  36. Mark – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    Useful for teachers that are using literature circles (or book clubs) in their classroom.

  37. Mary – Ashtabula Area City Schools (verified owner)

    Some good ideas. Maybe hard to execute in a regular classroom, but some good ideas can be used.

  38. Mary – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Great information on literature circles

  39. Laura – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    Best for teachers of middle school because of the time she spends in describing ideas for specific books.

  40. Dottie – WASHINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    Some useful ideas but not all are practical in current schedules/subject division.

  41. Christi – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    I loved this. This is very applicable to my classroom. I think these activities would definitely keep my students engaged.

  42. Liz – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    Love Janeway!

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