Done well, PBL is a powerful teaching method that does the following:
Since 2009, the ESC of Central Ohio has worked closely with PBLWorks in providing comprehensive, high-quality PBL learning opportunities. Based in Novato, California, PBLWorks is the premier international think-tank and professional learning provider for educators in designing and facilitating PBL practice across grade levels and subject areas.
Project Based Learning is an instructional strategy in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Essential Project Design Elements of PBL include:
Student Learning Goals
The project is focused on key standards-based knowledge, understanding, and success skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration and self-management.
Challenging Problem or Question
The project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve or question to answer, at the appropriate level of challenge.
Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, finding resources and applying information.
the project features real-world context, tasks and tools, or impact - or speaks to students' personal concerns, interests, and issues in their lives.
Student Voice & Choice
Students make some decisions about the project, including how they work and what they create.
Students and teachers reflect on the effectiveness of their inquiry and project activities, the quality of student work, obstacles and how to overcome them.
Critique & Revision
Students give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products.
Students make their project work public by displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom.
To learn more about Project-based Learning, view: Project Based Learning Explained