Mike is a National Faculty member of PBLWorks and a Certified Trainer of PBL through the New Tech Network. He leads conference sessions and workshops on a variety of topics including integrating technology, PBL, standards based grading, and collaborations between schools across the country and around the world. Mike is an experienced teacher who has practiced the methods that he teaches.
Mike leads professional development on a multitude of topics from keynotes to workshops. Mike’s passion is student-centered learning through voice and choice. His expertise is a three day PBL workshops that can change a school culture from teacher centered to a place where students’ passions can thrive. Mike’s style is honest and conversational. He practices what he preaches with interactive workshops where educators participate in the process and leave with practical skills ready to be implemented. All of Mike’s sessions are tailored to each audience and include practical templates and a plethora of resources.
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PBL Transformation Workshop (3 days)
Make the shift to student-centered learning! During this workshop educators will create their own PBL project for their students by experiencing the PBL process themselves. Teachers from all levels and content areas will partake in a PBL environment full of protocols and structures transferable to their classrooms. This hands-on, comprehensive workshop will support teachers to transition to PBL confidently.
Ditch the Rules to Build the Culture
Student centered learning does NOT mean chaos. Discover how to structure a PBL classroom by making students part of the learning and management process. Explore practical tips to create an open and active learning environment. Create effective teams with a clear project management process.
Beyond “Nice Job!”
Feedback is the cornerstone of quality assessment. Ensure that students are reaching learning targets and producing high quality work through specific feedback. Learn how to teach students to give productive critiques to each other on their work and projects though proven protocols and modeling. Multiple approaches will be shared addressing both peer editing written work and evaluating student projects.
Collaboration isn’t Cheating
Learn how to use the collaborative features of Google Docs to improve student writing through peer-editing and collaborative writing. Experience collaborative writing and editing from brainstorming to essays and even assessments! Practical student guidelines and templates will be shared along with tricks to keep all students accountable.
Scaffolding for Success
How do you decide which students and when they should receive scaffolding? Concerned about how SPED and EL students succeed in PBL? Discover how to design scaffolds in support of differentiated learning. Teach students to develop their own scaffolds as you gradually release them in the PBL process.
PBL Done Well
Want to try PBL but concerned about how to get started? Love PBL but want to take the learning even deeper? After an overview of Project Based Learning, you will dive deep into a multitude of PBL resources in an interactive session to explore your questions about effective use of PBL in any classroom. Practical examples at all grade levels and subjects will be shared along with PBL strategies, templates, and resources.
Change “Who cares?” into “Tell me more!”
Make student inquiry the driving force in your classroom. Techniques to support questioning and inquiry at all levels and abilities. Build both the culture and skills necessary to create inquisitive attitudes in students.
Projects That Don’t Suck
Learn about PBL projects across all curriculum and grades levels that are engaging to students and meet the standards. Discover ways to connect with your local community to raise your projects to a meaningful level for students.
- Competency Based Education
- STEM & STEAM
- Design Thinking
- Standards Based Grading
- Technology integration for student centered learning
- Social-Emotional Learning
- Historical inquiry and primary sources
- Integrating literacy across the curriculum
- Personalized, never standardized learning
Professional Development should not be “one and done.” PD should provide ongoing support to see effective, lasting change in the classroom. Mike offers short or long term coaching for schools in several formats. He provides whole group or small group workshops, classroom observations, and individual coaching. Sessions are customized for each school according to their individual needs. A whole day could be dedicated to one type of session or a mixture of options.
Mike recommends follow up sessions to the 3 day PBL Transformation Workshop after teachers have finished their first PBL projects to reflect on their successes and areas for growth, and work time to build their next project.
- Whole group workshop
- Small group worksop
- Classroom observations
- Individual coaching
- Reflection on completed project
- Calendar and planning future projects
- Scaffolding for deep inquiry
- Benchmarks for formative and summative assessment
- Culture building in the PBL classroom
- Managing successful groups
- Effective coaching during project work time
- Connecting with community partners
- Other: any area requested by schools
Mike Kaechele is a foremost expert on Project Based Learning. He combines practical insights with thought-provoking questions in a style that is engaging, approachable and tailored to meet the needs of every participant. I have had the honor of watching Mike as a teacher and attending his conference sessions. In both contexts, he offers deep wisdom and practical insights in a way that empowers the learners. If you are looking for someone to lead a true workshop where participants are truly that – participating in the learning and ultimately in making something new – Mike Kaechele is the perfect choice.
John Spencer-author, speaker, professor, maker in Portland, Oregon.
Mike provided a fun and innovative project-based learning workshop for teachers and administrators in my district. The workshop was packed with amazing ideas, information and resources. Educators left feeling inspired and invigorated since his down-to-earth presentation style truly made participants feel confident they could implement what Mike teaches. Look no further, he is the real deal.
Matinga Ragatz, 2010 Michigan Teacher of the Year, MACUL Board of Directors.
I was told one lady said she found the hour your spoke more helpful than the three days we spent together in June. Thanks for offering your insight and experience. When we debriefed the folks in the room were ecstatic about your resources. Your time and effort is GREATLY appreciated by me and many others!
Rachel Verschaeve-Educational Technology Consultant, St. Clair County RESA