Project Based Learning (PBL)
Project-based learning is an instructional approach designed to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through engaging projects set around challenges and problems they may face in the real world. To prepare students for success in life, we need to prepare them for a project-based world.
Benefits of PBL
Students learn how to work better in groups—providing their own input, listening to others, and resolving conflicts when they arise. They build positive relationships with teachers, which reinforces how great learning is. Students form relationships with other students when working on projects, gaining insight for careers and beyond.
PBL is inherently motivating as it centers student learning around a particular question or problem and requires a meaningful outcome. Students end up wanting to understand the answer or solution as much or more than the teacher wants to know what they know, understand, and are able to do!
Students learn how to solve problems that are important to them, including real community issues, more effectively—even learning from failure and possibly starting over.
Students apply creative thinking skills to innovate new product designs and possibilities for projects.
Students learn to look at problems with a critical thinking lens, asking questions and coming up with possible solutions for their project.
Students find their voice and learn to take pride in their work, boosting their agency and purpose.
When working on a project, students learn to manage obstacles more effectively, often learning from failure and making adjustments until they’re satisfied with their work.
Students build on their research skills and deepen their learning of applied content beyond facts or memorization.
Students get to explore their curiosities, ask questions and form a new love for learning. They develop a new appreciation for learning which does not involve regurgitation of facts.
Students learn how to manage projects and assignments more efficiently.
Students take ownership over their projects, reflecting on and celebrating their progress and accomplishments.