It seems like there are a lot of definitions to what PBL is on the internet. So to help ease some confusion, we’re going to explain what PBL is all about and provide resources to help you implement it into your class.
“Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Students build success skills valuable for today’s world.” [BIE]
According to Edutopia, project-based learning typically is grounded in the following elements:
- Real-world scenarios
- Blended writing genres
- Multiple reading genres
- Authentic assessments
- Authentic audiences
- Real-world expertise brought into the classroom
- Units that assess multiple skills
- Units that require research and comprehension of multiple subjects
- Student choice
- Multiple methods of communication (writing, oral speaking, visual presentations, publishing, etc.)
Why are so many educators across the United States and around the world interested in this teaching method? The answer is a combination of timeless reasons and recent developments.
- PBL makes school more engaging for students.
- PBL improves learning.
- PBL builds success skills for college, career, and life.
- PBL helps address standards.
- PBL provides opportunities for students to use technology.
- PBL makes teaching more enjoyable and rewarding.
- PBL connects students and schools with communities and the real world.
To read more on each of these methods, please visit the BIE website.
As Trello states, “students are encouraged to create their own workflows and make autonomous decisions as to how their results will be presented. Another important element of project based learning is the inclusion of cooperative learning techniques. This involves bringing multiple students of varying abilities into a project to collaborate and work together towards a final presentation.” [Read more HERE]
If you’d like to implement PBL or more effectively use PBL in your classroom, check out this teaching rubric.