1. Encourage and accept student autonomy and initiative.
2. Make available raw data and primary sources, along with experts and manipulative, interactive,and physical materials.
3. Use cognitive terminology such "imagine," "analyze," "predict," and "create" when framing tasks.
4. Encourage student inquiry by asking thought-provoking, open-ended questions and encouraging students to ask questions of others.
5. Seek elaboration of ideas.
6. Model personal curiosity about things inside and outside the classroom and nurture students' natural curiosity.
Now here's where I'm having trouble. In order for kids to function well in the PBL classroom expectations need to be clear. (This set ain't gonna get er done... I fully understand the need for bottom line behavioral expectations --be safe, be kind, be respectful were those of my last school-- but can't we be more ambitious?)
Off the top of my head I'm thinking along these lines (I'm sure you can "unpack"):
Do tell: What expectations or guiding principles do you establish with students?